Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports
Mixed Signals demonstrates that the male athlete is a far more ambiguous, polyvalent figure in our collective cultural imagination than ever before. Using wit, sarcasm, and controversy, these artists challenge the cultural assumptions on innate gender. Instead, they emphasize the many ways masculinity is performed, coded, and socially constructed in the world of sports. The result is a collection of startling, unsettling, and ultimately revealing look at a prolific institution in our culture. Bedford, Christopher, Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, 2009. 72 pages, 58 color illustrations. 8 3/8 x 10 1/2 in., softcover. ISBN: 978-0-916365-81-3. $22.95 Essays by Julia Bryan-Wilson and an excerpt from an essay by Judith Butler.