LMCC Resident Paul David Young Moderates newARTtheatre at the New Museum
John Jesurun, Joe Scanlan, Michael Smith, and Elisabeth Subrin join moderator Paul David Young in conversation.
In a startling turn in the visual arts, which once used the word “theater” to describe what art was not, artists and arts institutions and programmers are embracing theater as the vanguard. Some artists defied the conventional art world animosity toward things labeled “theater” all along. But now performance and the visual arts in general have dropped their animosity toward theater and turned to it as a source of ideas, practices, adaptable texts, points of reference, and philosophy.
Rather than focusing on their bodies, their physical presence, and their personal histories, the artists on this panel embrace the fictionalized self. This is a striking move away from the autobiographical, body-oriented, self-directed work of artists such as Chris Burden and many feminist performance artists. What remains of the body-centered aesthetic of earlier performance art? How are repetition and rehearsal incorporated into their artistic practices? How do the dramaturgical concepts of narrative and character manifest themselves in the visual arts context?
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New Museum Theater
Date & Time:
Saturday, June 2, 3PM