Cross Talk: A Multicultural Feminist Symposium: Negotiating Looks
June 5 1993
“Cross Talk addresses the entangled questions of race, gender and sexuality, bringing together a wide range of activists, artists, and cultural critics who have energetically fought against racism and sexism in cultural institutions, educational programs, medical practices, and the legal system. Rather than recreate a set of neat oppositions–black versus white, Latino versus Anglo – Cross Talk will chart the overlapping and contradictory worlds inhabited by diverse communities.
How have women of color in the U.S. negotiated the everyday experience of being imagined as docile exotics, wild beasts, or being confronted with "lt’s funny, you don’t Iook (fill in the blank)?” How have feminists painfully and playfully reinvented the relationships between identity and appearance?
Coco Fusco: New York-based wrtier, curator, and media artist.
bell hooks: cultural critic, feminist theorist, and Professor of Women’s Studies at Oberlin College.
Lisa Jones: journalist and playwright.
Carmelita Tropicana: performance artist.
Kathleen Chiu Jaen Zane: feminist, scholar-teacher, and cultural critic engaged with Asian American culture/studies.
Moderator: Jacqui Alexander, feminist cultural theorist.“1