Arenas of Action: Performance Art History (Online, tuition-free)

What is performance art and how does it relate to other forms of art? How does it relate to other forms of cultural and political expression? What makes something a performance? What makes something performative? When, how, and why have artists taken up performance as art?

In these sessions, we will explore several traditions of performance art as they relate to political histories, and dominant art movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will consider the craft of performance and look at the methods and materials that artists working in performance use. We will also read a sampling of critical and historical literature on performance art. After a whirlwind look at histories, methods and criticisms, we will try our own hands/minds/voices/bodies at the practice.

Please note: this is a four-session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 17 and February 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Required supplies:

  • Bring paper and a pen or pencil to take notes.