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Playing Sacred: The Camp Aesthetics of Feminist and Queer Art

Tuesday, April 16 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium
Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, John M. Olin School of Business

Join us for the final event in our series “Reverent Irreverence: Parody, Religion, and Contemporary Politics.”

In the modern culture wars, conservatives often attack feminist and queer art as sacrilegious or obscene. But why does so much religious iconography animate this creative work? And how? This talk looks at the religious and political possibilities of camp as a style of engagement, focusing on the work of artists Ray Navarro and Judy Chicago. It asks: how do the aesthetics of camp challenge dominant ways that we think about religion and religious attachments?

This event is free and open to all, no tickets required. General admission seating—first come, first served. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for a reception immediately following the conversation.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Society



John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
Event Contact

Hannah Pierce | rap@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Anthony Petro is an associate professor in the Department of Religion and in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University. From 2020 to 2023, I was also BU’s Distinguished Teaching Professor, a chair endowed by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which allowed me to do many things, one of which was to found BU’s Health Humanities Project.

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