Internationally acclaimed queer performance artist Mary Coble will be doing a four-day show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 17th St., N.W.) starting Wednesday and running through Aug. 10.
The performance, titled ‚ÄúDeferral,‚ÄĚ addresses the Food and Drug Administration‚Äôs policy of refusing blood donations from ‚Äúmen who have sex with men.‚ÄĚ It is also an installation, constructed in the Corcoran‚Äôs Atrium, with an anatomical theater formed by white hospital curtains.
‚ÄúI will have a pint of blood drawn, and will then use that blood to make marks on the curtains to reference some of the campaign and political slogans surrounding the issue,‚ÄĚ Coble says. ‚ÄúThe men who are participating with me are gay men, so I am in the position of privilege because I can have blood drawn. They will be stitching using red thread to sew on the curtains to act as a stand-in for their blood, because their blood would not be considered by the FDA.‚ÄĚ
The Corcoran‚Äôs hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10. For more information, visit corcoran.org.