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Tavia Nyong'o - "Hide/Seek" Scholarly Symposium, National Portrait Gallery

Tavia Nyong'o, presenting his paper " The Confidence Man as Painted Lady: Dandyism and Transgendered Self-Fashioning in Antebellum New York" on January 29, 2011 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. His presentation was part of the scholarly symposium "Addressing (and Redressing) the Silence: New Scholarship in Sexuality and American Art" which presented papers from 11 scholars in the fields of art, art history, performance art, and social history. This symposium was presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." Tavia Nyong'o is an associate professor of performance studies at New York University and author of The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory. His research interests include the intersections of race and sexuality, visual art and performance, and cultural history.
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