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Posted: April 24th, 2008
Looking Back Now: Performance over Three Decades, 1960s—1980s

What is the relationship between gesture and time, mediality and performativity, and appropriation and activism? How has the role of performance art in society changed over the last three decades? Art historians discuss their research on performance from the 1960s to the 1980s and the place of performance art in the contemporary cultural landscape. The discussion is moderated by artist Sharon Hayes, and participants include Carrie Lambert-Beatty is assistant professor in Harvard University’s History of Art and Architecture and Visual and Environmental Studies departments. Johanna Burton, a doctoral candidate in Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology, writes on appropriation in American art of the 1980s. Barbara Clausen is a curator who lives in Vienna. This event was sponsored by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.



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