February 7, 1991 |
Richard Jordan is a sculptor who wanted to decry what he perceived to be the systematic exclusion of black artists like himself from mainstream culture. Such a statement can't be made through sculpture, so Jordan decided to convey his message through a performance piece. He called it Missing Transparencies, a reference to the fact that slides of his work are regularly misplaced by museums and galleries. The title implies that the slides are deliberately "lost" as part of an institutional conspiracy against minority artists.
October 15, 1990 |
The engaging premise of the multifaceted electronic arts festival called the Electrical Matter is that today's video, synthesized sound and other electronic media implicitly honor Benjamin Franklin the electrical experimenter. The festival's participating artists are free to choose whether to relate their commissioned works to Franklin's many talents. On the video/performance bill presented over the weekend at International House, co-produced by the Neighborhood Film and Video Project, Scott Alburger offered some Franklin- related meditations while Jessie Jane Lewis presented works that derived from her own concerns.
February 14, 1992 |
A grunting, chicken-cackling saxophone player; a monologist with a hundred voices; a spidery-thin dancer with red fingers; and a film about spinning - this is not a vaudeville show that MTI Tabernacle Theater is presenting through Sunday. The people in the program fall under the intentionally hazy rubric of performance art, and they all have found a steady outlet for their unique talents at an experimental theater in New York called P.S. 122. The show at MTI, called P.S. 122 Field Trips, offers a representative sampling of some of the big names on the fringe.
November 25, 1993 |
The students' project is ambitious: designing a giant Monopoly game, with real people moving around the board, to raise the community's awareness of homelessness. The idea behind the performance piece is to make people realize how easily the comfort and stability of a home can be lost. Last week, 15 of the Jenkintown High School students working on the project gathered for a brainstorming session with their art teacher, Virginia McKenna. To prepare for the performance in January, they had to answer questions such as these: Should images of homeless people be flashed by a hidden slide projector onto the game board or onto the scoreboard of the gymnasium, where the performance will take place?
September 3, 2012 |
If it were you, in your house, with your family, how would the dance end up? What would you say? Would you reach for your crown molding, or sway with your mate in front of the fridge? Would you even let Amy Smith and Andrew Simonet of Headlong Dance Theater anywhere near your front door to create a performance out of your family's life and your living-room mess? And how about the 10 paying audience members who are scooping up tickets to see four Philly families do exactly that?
July 8, 1990 |
When Karen Finley walked onstage at the Painted Bride Art Center two months ago, she shed most of her clothing during the course of her performance, smeared her body with chocolate and sprinkled it with alfalfa sprouts and glitter. The performance created an unholy mess. At first, the audience laughed, amused to see an adult playing with food the way kids are told never, never to do. But as Finley's multiple monologues continued, as she became infused with the personae of an abused woman, an alcoholic mother, a dying AIDS victim, the mess became emblematic of the mess American society has made of whole segments of the population.
October 13, 1995 |
Here's a quick multiple choice. Performance art is: (a) a woman who covers herself with chocolate, alfalfa sprouts and glitter while delivering high-intensity monologues on sexual abuse, alcoholism and AIDS. (b) a man who combines physical comedy with an existentialist edge in a breakneck series of solo character sketches. (c) an unruly art form that's been at the center of a national debate about public funding for the arts, threatening to bring down the National Endowment for the Arts since 1989, when Sen. Jesse Helms (R., N.C.)
June 9, 2006 |
The Pew Charitable Trusts has named this year's recipients of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts - a $50,000 "no-strings-attached" grant that artists can spend in any way they choose. This year's recipients, selected from among nearly 300 aspirants, are: In performance art, David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith, as a collaborative team (sharing $50,000); Tobin Rothlein; Robert Smythe; Geoffrey Sobelle. In poetry, Nava EtShalom, Jena Osman, Bob Perelman, Lamont Steptoe and Elaine Terranova.
October 11, 2010 |
ADULT FILM stars Marilyn Chambers, Traci Lords and Ginger Lynn all had varying degrees of success transitioning into mainstream acting careers, but Sasha Grey may soon be the first porn star to become a crossover star. One thing in her favor is that porn essentially is mainstream now - available in massive quantities on any home computer. Grey is also versatile and introspective - good qualities in an actress - and she's already starred in "The Girlfriend Experience," for director Steven Soderbergh.
October 20, 1989 |
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT a "sculpture" that moves at 30th Street Station are Nicholas Thomson, 5, (left) and Elijah Florence, 6. The performance art, sponsored by the Painted Bride Art Center, was designed by Harold Olejarz and titled "The Commuters/Men in Suits. " Five people wore the sculpture suits and interacted with commuters yesterday.