Odd Spaces Performance Art Event and Panel Discussion launches the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s new performance art program, involving the Boston arts community in a discussion on this new initiative, and the role of performance art in museums today.
The increased presence of performance art at the MFA shifts the relationship between spectators and art to one of social exchange. While performance art often references visual art and art history, it also has a firm grounding in the present, in everyday life, and in human-to-human interactions. Where, then, is performance art’s place in a museum environment? How can performance art expand the ways we experience and define art?
MAY 15, 2013
Participating artists Marilyn Arsem, David Levine, John Gonzalez, Sandrine Schaefer and Philip Fryer probe these questions by performing in places where art might not typically appear at the MFA. “Odd Spaces” is imagined as a conversation in which diverse voices resonate across physical space.
11am-8:30pm, Family Meal by John C. Gonzalez, Garden Cafeteria (Level G) 11am-4pm, & Bravo Resturant (Level 2) lunch 11:30-3pm & dinner 5:30-8:30pm
12-6:30pm, With the Others by Marilyn Arsem, Egyptian Galleries (Level 1)
2-7pm, durance by David Levine, Druker Classroom (159) in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art (Level 1)
4:30-6:30pm, Untitled View by Sandrine Schaefer & Philip Fryer, Shapiro Rotunda (Level 1)
7-8:30pm – Panel Discussion co-presented with Big Red & Shiny, Alfond Auditorium
Kate McNamara, Tony Schwensen, David Levine and Sandrine Schaefer will engage in a discussion moderated by assistant curator, Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, Liz Munsell, at 7 pm following the performances.
Funded by the generous support of The Contemporaries.
Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution.
Photo credit: Sandrine Schaefer Ghandi’s Flame, 2012. Photo by Daniel S. DeLuca.
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Sandrine Schaefer “Dry Well” 2012 photo by Daniel S. DeLuca
Durational Performance Art Immersive Workshop
with Sandrine Schaefer at Montserrat College of Art
June 17th-21st, 2013
9 am – 4 pm
23 Essex St.
Beverly, MA 01915
In this week-long workshop, students will learn about the complexities of creating and witnessing durational performance art. What happens when a performance extends into hours, days, weeks, or even years? How do these works conceptually evolve over time and what effect does a lengthened duration have on the artist’s body? In this workshop, students will learn various strategies used by contemporary artists working in this way. Students will heighten their body awareness to increase physical and mental endurance. We will also explore various documentation techniques that are unique to this method of working. At the end of the workshop, students will present durational works that will be open to the public.
Price: $715 Early Bird | $795 After April 10
(available as a credit* or non-credit course | open to the public)
To reserve your space in the summer immersive workshop, use the links provided below to pay a $250 deposit if you register before April 10. Full payments are due May 10. Upon submitting your payment, you will immediately be issued a receipt. Shortly thereafter, you will receive an email from the Continuing Education Department to the email address you provide, confirming your registration. If you prefer, you may also print the form provided at left and mail it the Continuing Education Department:
Visit the Montserrat website for more information.