Lilla LoCurto & William Outcault


Having established separate artistic careers, Lilla LoCurto and William Outcault first came together as collaborators to create Self-Portrait, 1992, for the controversial exhibition “Corporeal Politics” held at the List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts that same year. (The NEA revoked funding for the show because of its explicit subject matter, so that both the exhibition and its handsome catalogue had to be produced with alternate resources including a donation from Aerosmith.) Self-Portrait was comprised of a stack of video monitors, the top one featuring the viewer’s head and the other three an ever-changing selection of trunks, legs, and feet inside a giant breast-shaped cage, creating an interactive “exquisite corpse” that directly implicated the spectator in its examination of the body as a locus of identity.

Although Self-Portrait was not included in their most recent

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