Odd Spaces Performance Art Event and Panel Discussion will launch the MFA’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?
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. Kate McNamara, Tony Schwensen, David Levine and Sandrine Schaefer will engage in a discussion moderated by Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs, Liz Munsell, at 7pm in Alfond Auditorium following the performances.
Funded by the generous support of The Contemporaries.
Panel discussion co-presented with Big Red & Shiny.
This is a FREE event. Wednesday nights after 4pm admission is by voluntary contribution. Photo credit: Sandrine Schaefer Ghandi’s Flame, 2012 photo by Daniel S. DeLuca
See mfa.org for more information.
MARCH 27, 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Remis Auditorium, 161
Since the late 1950s, Raphael Montañez Ortíz has directly engaged with the violent and destructive tendencies of society through found objects and action-based art. A veteran of Fluxus and the Destruction Art movement of the 1960s, Ortíz is best known for his piano destruction concerts, but his practice encompasses film, video, sculpture, and subtler forms of performance art. At the MFA, Ortíz invites Boston-area performance artists, students, and the audience to engage in a new performance,WHAT DOES FLUXES HAVE TO DO WITH IT, 2013, which will be followed by a video screening of several rarely seen works.
This is a FREE event, from 7-9 pm on Halloween night. Visit the facebook event page for more details. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution. Arrive early to explore the galleries and visit Slippery Surfaces, a video art exhibition in the Krupp Gallery (264) that includes a mesmerizing laser scratch video by Ortíz: The Kiss, 1985.
Funds provided by the generous support of Carolyn Fine Friedman and Jeremiah Friedman.
Organized by Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs
For the event page, visit Raphael Montañez Ortíz at MFA Boston
While social and cultural life seems increasingly dominated by cynicism, superficiality, and disengagement, the artists in on/sincerity cultivate transparent, open, or charged relationships within their artistic practices. By consciously seeking to narrow the distance between the viewer and their artwork, these artists generate honest and meaningful connections that resonate throughout the exhibition space.
The theme of sincerity is approached through four fluid narratives to engage a few of the myriad readings of this commonplace yet enigmatic term: Artists who describe their collaborative processes and interactions with materials as both the means and the content of their work; artists whose work serves to build relationships and community through generosity and exchange; artists who employ their own bodies as expressions of intimacy, vulnerability, or the complexity of human relations; and artists who appropriate the manipulative visual languages of mass-media to create self-reflexive forms of communication.
Artists are Magda Archer, Ivan Aragote, Juan Betancurth, Davis/Cherubini, Charles Gute, Jessica Gath, Kalup Linzy, Institute for Infinitely Small Things, Jesse Kaminisky, Carlos Martiel, Rob Matthews, Anne McGuire, Taylor McVay & Jordan Tynes, Laurel Nakadate, Platform2, William Powhida, Jordan Tynes, Analia Saban, Wayne Stokes, Douglas Weathersby, and Suara Welitoff.
Curated by Lynne Cooney, Exhibitions Director, School of Visual Arts, and Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Saturday, November 3rd, 6pm
Platform2 & the Institute for Infinitely Small Things present:
Failure Support Group
An evening to share failed creative projects and eat cookies in a supportive environment.
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00pm
For You I Feel Lucky
A participatory performance by Jessica Gath
Wednesday, December 12, 6pm
with Curators Lynne Cooney and Liz Munsell
Ongoing through December 16, 2-4pm every Saturday and Sunday
Jordan Tynes’ Radio Context project, a radio portrait of the exhibition broadcasted and recorded every weekend in 808 Gallery. See radiocontext.com for the archives of interviews and more information.