Performance Art

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Getting Well Together: NIC Kay Interviewed by Vanessa Thill
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Discipline, resistance, and care flow through the performance artist’s work.

Confusing and Accurate and Deadpan: Trevor Shimizu Interviewed by C. Spencer Yeh
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The New York-based painter and video artist on the tragicomic nature of wannabes and scenesters.

Ancestor from the Future: Allison Akootchook Warden Interviewed by Katherine Brewer Ball
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Iñupiaq futures, language, and the spaces between performance and installation. 

Las Nietas de Nonó by Pepón Osorio
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Sisters Lydela and Michel Nonó conduct performative interventions at their art space/home in Puerto Rico, using improvisation to process family memories and trace the wounds of colonialism.

Maren Hassinger by Lowery Stokes Sims
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“Right, they weren’t paintings, they weren’t colorful, but I kept doing them because that’s what would come to me. I could have stopped, I suppose, but to me they seemed like good pieces and they were in line with my thinking. Artists do what they think is important to them in their life span. That’s what they’ve always done—Rembrandt or Van Gogh or Picasso. They did what they did because they thought it was important.”

Tauba Auerbach and Sam Hillmer
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Before the premiere of their multimedia collaboration LIGATURE, visual artist Auerbach and saxophonist Hillmer talk about connectivity, geometry, and the nature of mind.

River of Time: Li Binyuan Interviewed by Yuan Fuca
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New performance art from China. 

Vulnerable Avatars: Heidi Hahn and Shana Moulton in Conversation
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On storytelling, seriality, and a shared love of clichés.

Barbara Hammer by Corina Copp
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A pioneer of feminist filmmaking considers how social engagement, literature, and a keen sense of the corporeal inform her vision.

Holy and Profane: Marianna Ellenberg Interviewed by Wendy Vogel
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Nineteenth-century female hysteria and contemporary digital culture on stage.

Gender Trouble in Queer Paradise by Tavia Nyong'o
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Future St. is set in an America in which homosexuality has triumphed over heterosexuality, cloning has replaced sexual reproduction, and California has seceded from the mainland United States to form the gay male state of “Clonifornia.”

Wu Tsang & boychild by Tess Altman
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“It’s about creating the conditions for a moment.”

Ieva Misevičiūtė by Melanie Bonajo
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A performance artist who grew up in the circus uses clowning, street dance, and butoh in playful and provocative combinations.

Anne Garréta’s Not One Day by Youmna Chlala

If the experimental French writing group Oulipo were to be reborn today, would they return as performance artists? Anne Garréta’s 2002 Prix Médicis–winning novel, Not One Day, marks her as a literary acrobat suspended between those who hold on to the group’s relevance and those who have let it go in favor of conceptual art practices.

Morgan Bassichis by Katherine Brewer Ball
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“What’s the point of being queer, or an artist, or a radical, if you don’t veer?”

Constance DeJong by Jennifer Krasinski
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“We were relegated to Chick Lit, romance novels, our subjects were love and motherhood and other sexually-defined things. Modern Love mocks that, to some degree. It pushes back.”

Baseera Khan’s iamuslima by Terence Trouillot
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Exploring Muslim femininity through the politics of love

Ron Athey by Zackary Drucker
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From the Pentecostal churches of his youth to ’80s underground Goth punk and queer clubs to museums around the world, an iconic performance artist tells his story.

Angie Keefer and Liz Magic Laser
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Two interdisciplinary artists tackle the analogies between artistic, moral, and monetary value.

Rafa Esparza by Clara López Menéndez
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What a brick can do.

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