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817 | Bodies at the Center
817 | Bodies at the Center

Photo by Madeline Best

Saturday, November 7 | 5:30-6:30 PM
UIC Forum, Meeting Room GHI
725 W Roosevelt Rd | Chicago, IL | 60607
  • Members: $9
  • Public: $12
  • Students and Teachers: $5

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CHF commissioned an original performance with two artists who are at the heart of the conversation – Gregg Bordowitz and Marissa Perel. Bordowitz is a seminal artist known for exploring identity – in video and film, including his documentary about his identity as a gay man living with AIDS (Fast Trip, Long Drop). For Perel, the limitations of her body are infinite sources of inspiration for performance and poetry. Together these two illuminate the ways in which disability culture is allied with feminist and gay rights, exploring what can be accomplished when shared vulnerabilities become a tool for revolution.

This program is presented in partnership with the ADA 25 Chicago.

This event will feature live open captions for universal access to program content.


Gregg Bordowitz is an artist, writer, and Professor of Film, Video, and New Media at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. He is the author of The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986–2003 (MIT Press, 2004) and winner of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Bordowitz, who has been living with AIDS for two decades, was also a member of the groundbreaking AIDS activist group ACT UP.

Marissa Perel is an artist based in New York working in performance, text, video, sculpture, sound and installation. Her performances and installations have been shown at the Chocolate Factory Theater, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Danspace Project, AUNTS @Renaissance, and the Center for Performance Research, amongst others. Her performances and exhibitions have been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Posture Magazine, and Culturebot. She has authored Angry Ocean, a chapbook of prose poems, and is currently an AIR at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

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