Collective Curation across Difference: Performing Live with Race, Gender, and Sexuality

  • Sandra Ruiz University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


This piece charts the creation of a gallery within an ethnic studies unit, a syllabus in conjunction with said space, and a student-artist group exhibition titled Objects Who Hold/Objects Who Let Go. The exhibition asks one to consider how we learn to withhold and let go of the memories that bridge gaps between permanence and ephemerality. Curated in community by the artists themselves, the show drives the audience to embrace this tension of holding on and letting go as one intentionally engages with experimental art that pushes the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality across expressions of loss and mourning.

Author Biography

Sandra Ruiz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Sandra Ruiz is the Sue Divan Associate Professor of Performance Studies in Theatre and a Conrad Humanities Scholar in English at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ruiz is the author of Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance, and co-author with Hypatia Vourloumis of Formless Formation: Vignettes for the End of the World.