Here’s a topic I know very little about. Despite my background in classical music and musical theater, when it comes to performance art, I’m clueless.
I’ve seen some amazing performance art in my life – especially from the street art folks throughout Europe. Anyone who’s traveled “to the continent” has probably experienced the “stand still for hours at a time” version of street performance art. The best incarnation of this I ever saw was in Milan in 2001. I took a photo of this individual, but never scanned it.
Here is a photo from Barcelona (2008) and Chicago (2008) to give you the feel for some “typical” street art:
When it comes to performance art in a museum, however, I’m totally clueless. I’ve heard of installations of artists putting themselves on display, or of people kissing throughout the galleries, but I’ve always just waved my hand at it and said, “oh, artists”.
But curating a performance in a space is a pretty cool idea. How do you choose a performance? How does it fit in the space? What sort of experience will the visitors have? What does that say about the mission/vision/goals of the institution?
It’s pretty cool, once you start to think about it.
“Oh, artists”. 😉
They cut a hole in the piano (rendering two octaves un-playable) of course!
All in all, cool stuff.
What do you think about performance art?