With abundant enthusiasm Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents a public reading with the unparalleled writer, publisher, editor and artist, Chris Kraus. Her proliﬁc and accumulated work has had a lasting inﬂuence on how art is perceived and discussed.
This public reading is programmed in conjunction the first session of our 2017 Summer Institute for which Kraus is the lead faculty. For her presentation, Kraus will read from After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography. Kraus previously presented from this text at Plug In ICA in 2015 when it was still a work-in-progress, and now offers a privileged preview of the writing in its final stages, before it becomes available to the public on August 25th, 2017.
As novelist and critic, Kraus is recognized for her lucid, playful and provoking ﬁrst-person ﬁction narratives, which frequently blur theory, ﬁction, autobiography, and criticism. In her writing on contemporary art, she has explored boredom, poetry, privatized prisons, community art, corporate philanthropy, vertically integrated manufacturing, and discarded utopias, revealing the surprising persistence of micro-cultures.
Chris Kraus’ publications, praised for their intelligence, vulnerability and voracity, include: I Love Dick, Torpor, Aliens and Anorexia, Summer of Hate, Where Art Belongs, Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness, and Kelly Lake Store. Her monograph, “Lost Properties,” was written as part of Semiotexte’s pamphlet series for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Kraus is the co-director of the acclaimed press Semiotext(e), where in 1990 she launched the imprint Native Agents, which introduced radical forms of writing by women writers. Native Agents has published the work of inﬂuential writers such as Penny Arcade, Fanny Howe, Ann Rower and Eileen Myles. She teaches in the Media Studies program at the European Graduate School.