Lecture: An Introduction to Performance Art in Four Parts—Histories

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From the grotesque to the political, the mundane to the playful, performance art has evolved to encompass a wide range of creative approaches and attitudes. This four-part lecture series invites you to consider key moments in the history of performance art and explore the work of artists who are continuing to blur boundaries and redefine artistic practice. This series coincides with the launch of Iterations, an initiative presenting newly commissioned works by a range of artists over the next three years.

In this first lecture of the series, Sampada Aranke, assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, introduces foundational artists, terms, and issues that continue to influence performance art today.

Mirror Pieces Installation

Mirror Pieces Installation II, 1969/2014.


Joan Jonas. Claire and Gordon Prussian Fund for Contemporary Art. 

Please join us for the other lectures in this series:

Fluxus and the Art of Participation
Friday, March 22 at 3:00

Contemporary Approaches
Friday, April 12 at 3:00

A Conversation with Michael Portnoy
Thursday, April 18 at 6:00

Persons with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program are encouraged to send an email to access@artic.edu two weeks in advance of the program. 

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