Performance Happening

Students of Modern & Contemporary Art Practices (Art 179E HM, Spring 2019)

March 14, 2019, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Strauss Plaza, Harvey Mudd College

A blindfolded performer sits on the ground and, on her right side, leans against the cemented edge of a raised garden bed. The performer rests her right arm on the same edge and writes on a writing pad. A group of six people stand around a table in the background.
“Performance Happening,” a pop-up exhibition

Strauss Plaza will be occupied by ninety-nine students of Modern & Contemporary Art Practices (Art 179E HM, Spring 2019) performing their works simultaneously. Happening!

“In 2016, theorist Jonah Westerman remarked ‘performance is not (and never was) a medium, not something that an artwork can be but rather a set of questions and concerns about how art relates to people and the wider social world.’ ”

“Artworks that are created through actions performed by the artist or other participants…” are thought of as Performance Art. Performance Artists turn to performing as a non-traditional way of making art that allows them to directly address the viewer. “Live-ness, physical movement and impermanence” offer artists alternatives to the “static permanence” and commodity status of painting and sculpture.1

Modern & Contemporary Art Practices is taught by Professor Ken Fandell.


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