Performance

James Cordas: a, dog I’m holding undermy arm with Its head pointed behind me at Et al. Gallery

James Cordas. Installation view of

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Alex Rojas reviews James Cordas: a, dog I’m holding undermy arm with Its head pointed behind me at Et al. Gallery in San Francisco.  James Cordas’ exhibition a, dog[…..]

YOGAFLOGOGO at Southern Exposure

Sylvie Nelson as The Outer Limit of Your Body, YOGAFLOGOGO; live performance at Southern Exposure, February 21, 2015. Courtesy of the Artist and Southern Exposure. Photo: Matt Shapiro.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Shelley Carr reviews YOGAFLOGOGO at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, California.  Neon colored tape, fanny packs and leotards, animated speaking hairballs, and videos of aerobic booty shaking—there[…..]

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art at the Weisman Art Museum

Red76. Occupy Yr. Home Dinner, 2012; performance and installation, Chicago.

The exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art originated with the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art in 2012. Since then, it has had stops at the Blaffer in Houston, SITE Santa Fe, the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, and is now on view at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum. Founded on the idea of examining artists’ invocations of food as a[…..]

Double Life at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Jérôme Bel. Performance Still from Veronique Doisneau. 2004. Image courtesy of the artist.

In Double Life, now on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, it is clear that the city is in the midst of becoming one of the most interesting and significant locations for performance art in the southeast—a statement confirmed by the national attention given recently to the performance art collective DiverseWorks, the emergence of the Lone Star Explosion International Performance Art Biennale in 2012, and the[…..]

Endurance Tests: If I, Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell. Still from performance at KUNST-STOFF. Oct 10th, 2015. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.

Today, from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you an essay on the work of artist Brontez Purnell. Author Anna Martine Whitehead raises excellent questions about race, audience, and the nature of performance: “Will his art be taken on its own terms or viewed as a solution by program organizers and curators to the problem of how to present black creatives without investing in black life?” This[…..]

From the Archives – Coco Fusco: Observations of Predation in Humans at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Coco Fusco. Observations of Predation in Humans, 2013. Performance at the Studio Museum of Harlem.

Today, from the archives, we bring you Lia Wilson‘s review of Coco Fusco’s Observations of Predation in Humans, originally performed at the Studio Museum of Harlem in December 2013 for Radical Presence, a survey of performance work by black visual artists. This month, Fusco will be resuming her role as the legendary female chimpanzee psychologist Dr. Zira at Participant Inc., as part of the Performing[…..]

Anarchy, Tea, and After-Dinner Calligraphy: Interview with the Yangjiang Group

Yangjiang Group. Final Days, 2015; installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, wax and modified clothing installation,
dimensions variable. Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Courtesy the artists and Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou. Photo: Zan Wimberley

For contemporary Chinese artists Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan, and Sun Qinglin—known as the Yangjiang Group—art is about social action and everyday life, including the practice of calligraphy, shopping, football, gambling, drinking, and eating. They believe art and life are entirely connected, resisting the commercialism of the art market and the over-intellectualization of art. Their latest project, Actions for Tomorrow, includes a live event, Tea Office, as a[…..]