INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART EXHIBITION A COUP FOR BRISBANE
WHERE: QUT Art Museum, 2 George Street, Brisbane (adjacent the City Botanic Gardens)
HOW MUCH: Free Entry
WHEN: 6 December 2014—1 March 2015*
FROM: Tuesday–Friday 10.00am–5.00pm, Saturday–Sunday 12.00pm–4.00pm
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Art Museum will host the international performance art exhibition Performance Now till 1 March 2015 in an Australian exclusive.
Independent Curators International (ICI) and Performa, both New York, present Performance Now, a selection of works by artists from a vast repository of new performance from around the world since 2000, a period that has witnessed an exponential growth in the field.
More than a century after the Italian Futurists insisted on an increased engagement with their audiences and solicited artists of every discipline to join their cause, performance by visual artists has become central to our understanding of the development of contemporary art ideas and sensibilities.
Bringing together some of the most significant practitioners today, Performance Now surveys critical and experimental currents in performance internationally featuring works by Marina Abramovic, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, and Jérôme Bel, among others.
Together, the selected works are an indication of the extent to which visual artists use performance as part of their creative process; how that process produces objects, installations, video, or photography interchangeably; and how these mediums have been enlivened by the demands of recording performance in innovative ways.
QUT Art Museum is excited to be the exclusive venue bringing this seminal exhibition on performance to Australian audiences, according to QUT Art Museum curator, Megan Williams.
"What a coup to experience an exhibition curated by the person considered the leader in the field of performance art. Ms Goldberg really has brought together the best of what is a dynamic field in Performance Now," Ms Williams said.
With many major museums throughout the world establishing performance art departments, and performance recognised as one of the most significant artistic forms of the 21st century, this exhibition provides a window onto these important developments, generating discussion about the history of performance art.
Performance Now is curated by RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator of Performa. Ms Goldberg’s seminal study, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (first published in 1979 and now in its third edition) is regarded as the leading text for understanding the development of the genre.
"We are thrilled that Performance Now will be seen in Australia, where there is such a strong history of artists working in performance. We look forward to great feedback and to keeping the connection going," Ms Goldberg said.