Monday, April 15, 2019

OSU’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series presents Cassils on April 17

By Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592,

Contact: Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256,

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University presents a talk by performance artist, body builder and transgender icon, Cassils, on Wednesday, April 17. In his talk titled “The Body as Social Sculpture,” Cassils will speak about past works and their starting points, development processes and historical contexts.

The talk, slated for 6 p.m., is part of the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series presented by the School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. It will take place in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., and will be preceded by a light cookies and punch reception. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Cassils makes their own body the protagonist of their performances and contemplates the history of violence, representation, struggle and survival. Using their own body as artistic material, Cassils processes influences from feminism, body art, hyper-masculine and homoerotic aesthetics in an expression of transgender as a continual process of becoming. With targeted, strictly disciplined strength training, Cassils draws from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to social expectations.

Editors: this event appeared in earlier calendars with a 7 p.m. start time and has been changed to 6 p.m. Please change on any corresponding calendars.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information go to


About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.