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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
| August 31, 2012
'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.
| October 21, 2011
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
| April 08, 2011
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
| October 29, 2010
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!'
| August 13, 2010
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
| May 28, 2010
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
| 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
| March 04, 2009
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.
| January 27, 2009
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
| October 22, 2008
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
| July 16, 2008
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
| May 28, 2008
Laurie Anderson is the world’s pre-eminent performance artist — a musician, writer, and electronics and visual wizard.
The Laurie Anderson world view
| March 24, 2008
Totalitarian ploy defeated
For performance artist Milan Kohout, freedom of speech has prevailed.
Free speech trumps Boston cops
HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAN WOLFE
| March 12, 2008
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.
| February 21, 2008
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?
| February 13, 2008
Purple splatter-paint graphics zoom over a flat-screen above the stage.
The Theater Project's Winter Cabaret puts TV on the boards
| January 30, 2008
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
| January 14, 2008
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.
| December 12, 2007
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
| September 19, 2007
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
| September 18, 2007
Illusion and bedrock
Oguike, I think, makes movement like a mime artist.
Invisible Wings, plus Henri Oguike and Bridgman/Packer at Jacob’s Pillow
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| August 27, 2007
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
| August 07, 2007
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
| July 10, 2007
Putting the ‘art’ in ‘fart’
‘Pull My Finger’ explores the dark vortex where comedy and poop jokes meet
| July 06, 2007
“We’re Velvet Revolver . . . and we still play motherfucking rock ’n’ roll!”
Velvet Revolver, Avalon, May 16, 2007
| May 21, 2007
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
| March 07, 2007
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
| 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
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| February 14, 2007
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.
HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE
| February 08, 2007
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