Art Journal

An academic journal publishing original contributions on the visual arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Content includes scholarly articles, interviews, conversations, forums, speculations, working notes, pedagogical essays, and artists? projects relevan

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 4, Winter

Adrian Piper: Ideas into Art
Adrian Piper. Out of Order, Out of Sight. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1996. Vol. 1: Selected Writings in Meta-Art 1968-1992. 337 pp.; 2 color ills., 40 b/w. $40.00. Vol. 2: Selected Writings in Art Criticism 1967-1992. 285 pp.; 2 color ills., 40 b/w....
Bite
When I wrote my last piece (all my monologues are called IMPACT, this one is IMPACT24, performed under the name Personal Ad), I was reeling from a failed love affair with a gay man. As a former lesbian-identified woman newly identified as a bisexual...
Carolee Schneemann: The Politics of Eroticism
Carolee Schneemann. More Than Meat Joy: Performance Works and Selected Writings. Kingston, N.Y.: Documentext, 1997. Rev. ed. Introduction by Bruce R. McPherson. 288 pp.; 320 b/w ills., $35.00 deluxe paper Carolee Schneemann: Up To and Including Her Limits....
I Just Ain't That Good
Readers' Digest once asked me what was the symbolic/ social significance of wrapping nude dancers in cellophane . . . and got pissed when I answered, "I like seeing skin under plastic." After one of my all-nighters, a "scout" from a gallery said, "But...
Interperformance: The Live Tableaux of Suzanne Lacy, Janien Antoni, and Marina Abramovic
The affective power of live display is a key aspect of the nineteenth-century performative genre known as tableaux vivants, literally, "living pictures." Typically, performances would involve enacting masterpieces of sculpture and painting or the staging...
John Constable
Graham Reynolds. The Early Paintings and Drawings of John Constable. 2 vols. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. 280 pp.; 1465 ills. $175.00 Peter Bishop. An Archetypal Constable: National Identity and the Geography of Nostalgia. Madison: Fairleigh...
Looking West
Patricia Trenton, ed. Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. 317pp.; 143 color ills., 134 b/w. $60.00 cloth, $29.95 paper Paul J. Karlstrom, ed. On the Edge of America: California...
Mexican Territory
I am a politicized Mexican woman artist, working in a highly charged environment: Mexico City of the late 1990s. I articulate the complexities of my country's political crises through both cultural activism and the creation of performance and installation...
Nefertiti/Devonia Evangeline
In 1980, when I first began performing, I was a puristor perhaps I was simply naive. My performance ideal at that time was "hit-and-run," the guerilla-like disruption of an event-in-progress, an electric jolt that would bring a strong response, positive...
Notes on Crawling Piece
Notes on Crawling Piece a.k.a. How Much Is That Nigger in The Window? (Summer 1991/Streets of New York City) esthetic Masochism, its dis-contents, performing social struggle poetically/analytically via the Jeremiad ad agency: to incite a recursive dynamic...
Performance Art
(Some) Theory and (Selected) Practice at the End of This Century There is no agreement as to where, when, and why performance art was invented. I take this as an opening to advance my theory, which has appeared gradually to me through the murk over the...
Postcolonialism and Androgyny: The Performance Art of Grace Jones
She strides across a stage of pillars and chains. Her tall, muscular frame pulses with graffiti. White striations and chevrons contrast with her skin. She beats a drum, the neon red and yellow spikes of her skirt, anklets, and bracelets dancing with...
"Presence" in Absentia: Experiencing Performance as Documentation
I was not yet three years old, living in central North Carolina, when Carolee Schneemann performed Meat Joy at the Festival of Free Expression in Paris in 1964; three when Yoko Ono performed Cut Piece in Kyoto; eight when Vito Acconci did his Push Ups...
Reframing Russian Art and Culture
Margarita Tupitsyn. The Soviet Photograph, 1924-1937. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.198 pp.; 25 color ills., 140 b/w. $40.00 Svetlana Boym. Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1994....
Resurrecting the "Disappeared": Recollections of Artists in Absentia
History has a way of forgetting. Especially art history, shaped as it is in our own time by the movers and shakers of the marketplace in tandem with the makers and breakers in the media. When it comes to performance art, which never had any real currency...
Saint Orlan Faces Reincarnation
A woman lies down on an operating table (fig. 1). Having carefully placed five small, blue, elongated cups, face down, on the cheeks, temples, and chin of the human skull perched at the foot of her bed, she makes herself prone (fig. 2). Close-up: The...
Some of My Performances in Retrospect
Twenty-six years ago, on July 29, 1971, I happily gave up my sexual virginity. It was a major turning point in my life. However, it did not compare to the transformative experience I had thirteen years ago, on January 26, 1984, when I did my first "performance...
Some Relations between Conceptual and Performance Art
I really believe in having projects which in fact can't be carried out, or which are so simple that anyone could work them out. I once made four spots on the map of Holland, without knowing where they were. Then I found out how to get there and went...
The Fall and Decline of Ancient the Bronx
The Peoples' Voice Cafd is an alternative coffeehouse IT providing a space for artistic expression of a wide variety of humanitarian issues and concerns," but this is not where we are. We are on Arthur Avenue, where men ran out of the caf6s to overturn...
The Past, the Ironic Present, or Passion?
Jo Farb Hernandez, John Beardsley, and Roger Cardinal. A. G. Rizzoli: Architect of Magnificent Visions., exh. cat. New York: Abrams with San Diego Museum of Art, 1997. 136 pp.; 36 color ills., 58 b/w. $35.00 Exhibition schedule: San Diego Museum of Art,...
Wendy Geller's 48-Hour Beauty Blitz: Gender, Class, and the Pleasures of Popular Culture
Glamour, beauty, and the perfect body: these are the values upheld within our culture as necessary to the fulfillment of desirable femininity. The prescriptive models and images of ideal femininity that surround us in both art and popular culture serve...
Why
WHY Because it feels good; because it gives me an erection; because it makes me come; because I'm sick; because there was so much sickness; because I say FUCK THE SICKNESS; because I like the attention; because I was alone a lot; because I was different;...