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A History of Performance Art

VALIE EXPORT, ‘Action Pants: Genital Panic’ 1969
VALIE EXPORT, Action Pants: Genital Panic 1969. Tate. © DACS 2019

A critical introduction to performance art and its disruptive potential

Performance art creates new and exciting challenges for how we read, understand, and value contemporary art. This course explores how artists have used performance as a set of artistic strategies that both complement and disrupt what museums can exhibit. This course will explore both well-known and lesser-known practices in performance art – as well as its documentation from the late 1960s to the 1990s. We will examine works in the Tate collections – including Paul McCarthy, VALIE EXPORT, Marina Abramović, Stuart Brisley, Regina José Galindo, Song Dong, or Tehching Hsieh – as well as works that have not been included in insititutions. The course is led by Dominic Johnson, a scholar of performance art, and Reader in Performance and Visual Culture at Queen Mary University of London.

Biography

Dominic Johnson is a Reader in Performance and Visual Culture at Queen Mary University of London. His authored books include The Art of Living: An Oral History of Performance Art (2015), and his edited books include Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey (2013).

Tate Modern

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Dates

Every Monday at 18.45–20.45

3 June – 1 July 2019

Pricing

£125

£85 Concessions