performance art

Dread Scott's

The archway under the Manhattan Bridge was the site of artist Dread Scott’s one-time-only performance “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide.”

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Theaters

Machismo Ain’t Just for Boys Anymore

by Daniel Larkin on September 17, 2014

Eisa Jocson's Macho Dancer as part of PICA's TBA2014

PORTLAND, Oregon — “Macho doesn’t prove mucho,” socialite and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor once punned.

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Reactor

Better Than Performance Art

by Hrag Vartanian on August 29, 2014

'She's All That' performance art GIF

On Wednesday, artist Jayson Musson tweeted “lol this performance art scene in She’s All That is better than real performance art,” and his 84 characters opened the flood gates of memory for me.

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A twentysomething woman sits down in front of Gustave Courbet’s “Origin of the World” (1866), pulls up her dress, splays her legs, and shows her vulva, clitoris, and possibly part of her vagina to the visitors in the gallery.

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I’m in a surgical center in Scottsdale, Arizona, being treated as if I were an esteemed guest at a Marriot. Better. A series of very nice people are being serially very nice to me, asking me questions, checking-in with how I feel, giving appropriate boosts.

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Museums

Rashaad Newsome Is Having a Ball

by Ryan Wong on March 11, 2014

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Five passages on Rashaad Newsome’s “FIVE (The Drawing Center).”

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What is included in the field of a work of art? The medium may be painting or performance, the subject matter may be landscapes or the death of a lover, and the aesthetics may come from a particular tradition or vein of art. But beyond that, when we discuss a work of art, what else can or should be included in that conversation?

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Theaters

The Questions of Performa 13

by Jillian Steinhauer on November 23, 2013

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Marianne Vitale’s “The Missing Book of Spurs,” her commission for Performa 13, features half-naked women in corsets, a man in assless chaps, and “natives” in outfits inspired by traditional Native American clothing; it features blocks of wood, a wooden sculpture that looks like a torpedo, and a large, old-fashioned wooden bar; it features loud music, a smoke machine, and erotic dancing. It is a big spectacle. Unfortunately, I’m not sure it’s anything else.

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What is most important to us — as writers, thinkers, makers, and believers in the arts? What happens when the world we live in no longer feels like the one we knew? In a culture of disappointment, what do we need to continue making work? To continue believing in the work that we make?

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“One point of art is that it’s forming something we don’t have the language for yet,” observes Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), in discussing the FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice.

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