Sherman Fleming talks performance and black masculinity with A. M. Weaver

A. M. Weaver, who is a curator, independent journalist and Artblog contributor, interviews her long-term colleague, artist Sherman Fleming, a performance artist whose art deals with issues of blackness, masculinity, and racism. 28 minutes long, it's a great conversation! - Artblog Editor

Sherman Fleming with n00se
Sherman Fleming, n00se. Photo: Christianne Kapps and Sherman Fleming. 2015

Sherman Fleming is a performance artist, who began performing in the 1970s after being introduced to “Happenings.” In graduate school he created a character, “RODFORCE,” that he performed as. He tells A.M. Weaver about the difficulty of finding performance role models since there were few black male performers. His art is public, and about issues of race and masculinity and is intentionally provocative.

His most recent project is “n00se,” in which he wears a rope noose around his neck in public, interacting with people who react to him. The piece was provoked by the recent uptick in racist actions and especially the shootings of black men. Sherman has been wearing the noose for a year.

For more, read Sherman’s blog here and see a video of Sherman performing “n00se.”


The podcast took place on Dec. 12, 2016, and is 28 minutes of really interesting conversation.

Thank you to The Galleries at Moore TGMR radio project for making this podcast possible, and especially to Matt Kalasky for inviting Artblog to participate in the Moore radio project. Listen to the interview with Sherman Fleming and A.M. Weaver at the TGMR site here.