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Review: Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Matthew Akers's provocative documentary opens with an image we don't see that often: a long close-up of a human face.
Matthew Akers's provocative documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 31, 2012
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'Dance/Draw' at the ICA

When the Institute of Contemporary Art hired Helen Molesworth away from Harvard in 2010, it seemed like the ICA's new chief curator might fill a big gap at the institution: the ability to put together strong theme exhibits.
Line dancing
By GREG COOK  |  October 21, 2011
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Photos: ''Bumpkin Forward'' Reception at Mobius

The reception for the "Bumpkin Forward" exhibit on Bumpkin Island comes to Mobius on April 2, 2011. Sara June and Max Lord do a performance art piece, preceded by a talk by Cara Brostrom.
"Bumpkin Forward" reception | Mobius | April 2, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 08, 2011
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Experiencing the Sacred and Profane Festival

In seriously dark conditions, art is simply the ritual of making light. It's more proper to say that Saturday's festival of the Sacred and Profane was more of a communion or convention than a festival.
Time and temp building
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 29, 2010
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Rising up

Almost two years ago, Byron Nilsen was walking home from a night downtown when he was attacked by two men on Cumberland Avenue who took issue with the way Nilsen was dressed (he "looked like a faggot," they said).
Alt-performance-art rebels stage a 'Revolution!'
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 13, 2010
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After images

Karen Finley won’t be naked, or covered in chocolate. Candied yams will not be involved. If there are neighborhood morality-watch squads in Salem, they’ll have the night off.
Karen Finley does Jackie
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 28, 2010


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Slideshow: 'Triiibe' at Gallery Kayafas

Works from "Triiibe," the first gallery exhibition by performance artists (and identical triplets) Alicia, Kelly, and Sarah Casilio and photographer Cary Wolinsky.
 ''Triiibe'' exhibit, at Gallery Kayafas, April 17 until May 29, 2010
By TRIIIBE  |  April 30, 2010

Celebrating identity on Munjoy Hill

Wild costumes. Barbie dolls and hula hoops, burlesque, dancing, storytelling, acting, and film. All these things, and more, will be part of the Femme Show...
The Femme Show
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 04, 2009
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The thinker at mid century

A long time ago (say 70 years), in a galaxy far, far away (New York), a tired band of rebels ached to be the Next Big Thing.
Size matters
By GREG COOK  |  January 27, 2009
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No man is an island

When Allan Kaprow presented his first performance at New York’s Reuben Gallery in 1959, the conception for the first Happening was tightly scripted.  
“The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible.” _Allan Kaprow
By IAN PAIGE  |  October 22, 2008
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Wait, who is this?

Earles and Jensen’s calls, primarily perpetrated on unsuspecting denizens of Memphis and New York, are strange and wonderful specimens of telephonic performance art.
Andrew Earles and Jeffrey Jensen shine the dim light of cultural obscurity on the prank phone call
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 16, 2008


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Rhymes 'n' life

The Rhodeshow troupe lives the lyrics and rocks the mic with a nonchalant confidence and fluid, streetwise delivery without glorifying the negative choices surrounding young people. 
Rhodeshow is staying real
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2008
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Home body

Laurie Anderson is the world’s pre-eminent performance artist — a musician, writer, and electronics and visual wizard.
The Laurie Anderson world view
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 24, 2008
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Totalitarian ploy defeated

For performance artist Milan Kohout, freedom of speech has prevailed.
Free speech trumps Boston cops
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAN WOLFE  |  March 12, 2008
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The case of Milan Kohout

Kohout, a serious man, was engaged in the serious business of political protest.
The right of a performance artist represents the rights of all Americans. Plus, an opportunity with Cuba.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 21, 2008
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Turn and face the strange

On Delia’s Web site, overly fast typist “Dptanimal” writes: “THE PERFECT WOMAM —– THE ONE YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH !!!”
What would you do to find the perfect mate?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 13, 2008


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Mixed media

Purple splatter-paint graphics zoom over a flat-screen above the stage.
The Theater Project's Winter Cabaret puts TV on the boards
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 30, 2008
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Re-creational vehicle

Gallery exhibitions organized by high-profile outside curators have become an art-season staple.
‘Broken Home: 1997/2007,’ ‘Empires and Environments,’ and ‘Arp to Reinhardt’ at the Rose, ‘Selections ’08’ at Mass Art, and Liz Linder at Space 242
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 14, 2008
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What Would Jesus Buy?

As much as Talen believes his shill, he’s a performance artist posing as a preacher, on a mission conceived with and funded by his producers.
Shopocalypse flop
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 12, 2007
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Serious business

Playwright and director Moisés Kaufman likes to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist.
Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, and Real-Life In Baghdad
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007
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Locomotion commotion

The DeCordova Museum’s “Trainscape: Installation Art for Model Railroads” is a great, wild, flawed 14-artist circus.
Trains at the DeCordova, the Kabakovs’ Utopia at Tufts
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2007


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Illusion and bedrock

Oguike, I think, makes movement like a mime artist.
Invisible Wings, plus Henri Oguike and Bridgman/Packer at Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 27, 2007
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When worlds collide

We humans are quick to anthropomorphize the non-human.
The Collision Collective at AXIOM, Stencils at NESAD, and Alice Neel on film
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 07, 2007
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Cold comforts

In photographs, indie wünderwaif Miranda July stares back at us with big, wet blue eyes, curls dangling about her face, lips glistening and parted just so.
Miranda July’s performance pieces
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 10, 2007
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Putting the ‘art’ in ‘fart’

Everybody poops.
‘Pull My Finger’ explores the dark vortex where comedy and poop jokes meet
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 06, 2007
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Chemical imbalance

“We’re Velvet Revolver . . . and we still play motherfucking rock ’n’ roll!”
Velvet Revolver, Avalon, May 16, 2007
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 21, 2007


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The rule: no rules

It’s been through generosity of spirit, not flagging creativity, that Umberto “Bert” Crenca has become less widely known as an artist than as an arts administrator.
Detritus and Crenca's energetic collaboration
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 07, 2007
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Absence and presence

“Sensorium I,” which was up at MIT’s List Center between October and December last year, was an ambitious mixed bag of what one critic aptly termed “circus art.”
‘Sensorium II’ at MIT, Francis Peabody at Harvard
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  March 07, 2007

The cult of the Mooninites

Regarding Harvey Silverglate’s Web post “ The Artists Are Innocent ”: this was not performance art.
Letters to the Boston editor: February 16, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 14, 2007
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AG screws up 'hoax' prosecution

In rushing to charge self-proclaimed "performance artists" Sean Stevens and Peter Berdovsky with disorderly conduct and placing a hoax device, Attorney General Martha Coakley's office violated a cardinal rule of the criminal-justice system.

By HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE  |  February 08, 2007