Posts Tagged: performance art

Carry That Weight: The Revival of Feminist Performance Art

Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight began nearly five weeks ago. Throughout the performance the artist Emma Sulkowicz, a 22 year-old Columbia University senior, will carry a boxy blue mattress everywhere she goes on campus. Weighing in at fifty pounds, the mattress stands in for the mattress on which she was raped by a fellow student. Sulkowicz’s work is profoundly simple: a young woman visually manifests the psychological weight of the crime committed on her body and demands recognition of that burden. Carry That Weight is a purely visual performance, one so piercing it resists language.

Like most performance art, Sulkowicz’s piece has clearly defined parameters, [...]


A Conversation With Adrienne Truscott, a Performance Artist Doing a One-Woman Show About Rape

In my most feverish anxiety dreams, I'm at work facing a tribunal of scary bosses, not naked but totally bottomless, and somehow more-naked-than-naked as a result. For performance artist Adrienne Truscott, dreams like this are the stuff of inspiration. In her new solo show, "Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It! A one-lady rape about comedy starring her pussy…and little else!"  Truscott wears a cropped denim jacket, boots, a wig, and, well, not much else.

The setting’s not within everyone’s comfort zone, but Truscott’s audience is in good hands. She’s a seasoned performer with a history of naked feminist shenanigans (notably as half of the Wau Wau Sisters) and her [...]


Mad Libs: Art House Cinema Edition

[Low impact exercise activity] in [Metropolis in a developing nation] A young teacher named [woman's first name] slowly reveals the depths of her psychological turmoil in the wake of a [national catastrophe] by forming a coalition of local [anachronistic professionals] to rise up against the [head of state]. 150 Minutes; Black & White

The refuge of [virtuous quality] As a family of nomadic [type of cured meat]-makers gather for a ceremonial feast in [a bucolic setting], a secret is revealed by the youngest member, [boy's name ending with "ek"]. Glowing images of [type of fruit] in the [Mediterranean nation] countryside represent the family's longing for the abundance of eras past [...]


Remember to Practice Your Tree, Kids

A few years ago, I was pitched a story supposedly about music from a dude who kept referring to "playing a fence" like that was a thing and I kept being like, "What are you talking about, sir? Speak English please?" But he insisted it was a thing, and that it was so much of a thing, you could just second reference it without explanation so I never figured out what he was talking about, but I bet this guy knows.


The Franco LaBeouf Pie


Previously: The Unfollowed Pie

Ann Friedman can't see you with this paper bag over her head.


"Whenever you eat a salad, you're performing the piece"

Forever entranced: on April 22, artist Alison Knowles will be performing her giant-salad-making "Make a Salad" piece, last seen at the Tate Modern four years ago (above), and first seen in 1962. This time around, she'll be salad-making on the High Line in New York City, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., as part of the park's Earth Day festivities. A free-salad bonanza will follow, if you're interested/hungry/in town.