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Geek Love

Artist/Author: Katherine Dunn | Reference: P3566 | ISBN: 978-0349100869 | Type: Publication

Lil Binewski, born a Boston aristocrat, was in her time the most stylish of geeks. That is to say she made her living by biting the heads off live chickens in front of a carnival audience. This she gave up for doting motherhood, because she and her fairground-owning husband had a money spinning idea. 

Sissy cards

Artist/Author: Nando Messias | Reference: P3546 | Type: Publication

Cards on the artist's Sissy trilogy, with quotes by Lois Keidan, Stephen Farrier, Catherine Silversone.

Freaks

Artist/Author: Tod Browning | Reference: D2236 | Type: DVD

Now regarded as a landmark film but virtually disowned by MGM when it was first produced, Browning's film, set in a travelling circus, works as an old-fashioned morality play against avarice. Browning used a collection of handicapped actors and performers for the circus community, which initially welcomes the beautiful trapeze artist Cleopatra into their group when she marries midget circus owner, Hans. 

60 minutes.

Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Kids (P3091).

Freaks: We Who are Not as Others

Artist/Author: Daniel P. Mannix | Reference: P3051 | ISBN: 978-0965104258 | Type: Publication

Meet the strangest people who ever lived, and read about: the notorious love affairs of midgets. Originally printed in a small edition and withdrawn after one month by the publisher, the book was out of print for nearly 20 years.

Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance

Artist/Author: Uri McMillan | Reference: P2837 | ISBN: 978-1479852475 | Type: Publication

Tracing a dynamic genealogy of performance from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, Uri McMillan contends that black women artists practiced a purposeful self- objectification, transforming themselves into art objects.