June 2, 2021
Uri McMillan has been named a 2021–2022 fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, joining an extraordinary group of artists, scientists, scholars, and practitioners who will learn from and inspire one another in a year of discovery and interdisciplinary exchange in Cambridge.
McMillan will pursue an individual project in a community dedicated to exploration and inquiry.
“Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Art, Pop, and New York City’s Long 1970s”
This project is a cultural history of select artistic figures living and working in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s, tracing their networks of affiliation and the category-defying work they produced. These cultural actors–including fashion illustrator/photographer Antonio Lopez, performer Grace Jones, and model Pat Cleveland–often frustrated dichotomies between high art and the popular while routinely communicating through style. In this book, I delimit increasingly sophisticated artistic practices staged in disparate sites, be it department store Fiorucci or nightclub Paradise Garage while also understanding the import of the late 1960s, particularly counter-cultural tendencies, on this historical period.
Art History & Visual Culture, Performance Studies, African American Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, Fashion Studies
The full list of fellows is online here.
About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
Harvard Radcliffe Institute is a unique space within Harvard—a school dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across all disciplines. Each year, the Institute hosts leading scholars, scientists, and artists from around the world in its renowned residential fellowship program. Radcliffe fosters innovative research collaborations and offers hundreds of public lectures, exhibitions, performances, conferences, and other events annually. The Institute is home to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, the nation’s foremost archive on the history of women, gender, and sexuality. For more information about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.