Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance
11 black and white illustrations
“In a feat of sheer poeticism, Sensual Excess offers readers a lucid consideration of various representational strategies employed by artists of color in order to rewrite the scripts positioned on their bodies. Musser’s attunement to the senses—especially taste, touch, and smell—lend a particularly textured quality to the book, and aids in her brilliant construction of an expansive and juicy framework for pondering the rich versions of the self, and the other, as staged in brown feminine performance.”
—Uri McMillan, author of Embodied Avatars: Geneaologies of Black Feminist Art and Performance
“This book is a model for how to read, engage, think with, and celebrate black, brown, feminist, queer, and sex-centered art practices. Sensual Excess is a sustained argument for and celebration of the sensual politics of work by artists like Xandra Ibarra, Mickalene Thomas, Nao Bustamante, and Lyle Ashton Harris. Musser’s writing centers on the performative space of the encounter with art objects and practices—black and brown life unfolds not only in these artworks but around and through them. Musser’s writing is distinguished by a devotion to the material detail of these works, to their vitality, to their philosophical intensities, to their ecstatic and transformative potential.”
—Jennifer Doyle, author of Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art
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