An Introduction to Performance Art

Can an object or a photograph be performance art? Yes, it can

In the 1960s performance was seen as fundamentally different from the art that could be collected or shown by art museums. It was live and its ephemerality challenged traditional notions of art. But today performance has come to be seen as more a set of strategies available to contemporary artists, one that is not inherently different from other art forms and not at all beyond what a museum can and should show.

Performance at Tate: Into the Space of Art explores how concepts of art have changed in relation to recent shifts in artistic production and how artists have responded to the possibilities offered by museums. The project offers essays and case studies, and publishes audio, films and videos, photographs, museum documents and reviews drawn from Tate's Archive, showing the richness and depth of the gallery's engagement with performance over half a century.

Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council, this film reflects the ideas of the online publication Performance at Tate: Into the Space of Art (Tate Research 2016).

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