The Methuen Drama Companion to Performance Art

The Methuen Drama Companion to Performance Art


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The Methuen Drama Companion to Performance Art offers a comprehensive guide to the major issues and interdisciplinary debates concerning performance in art contexts that have developed over the last decade. It understands performance art as an institutional, cultural, and economic phenomenon rather than as a label or object. Following the ever-increasing institutionalization and mainstreaming of performance, the book's chapters identify a marked change in the economies and labor practices surrounding performance art, and explore how this development is reflective of capitalist approaches to art and event production. Embracing what we perceive to be the 'oxymoronic status' of performance art-where it is simultaneously precarious and highly profitable-the essays in this book map the myriad gestures and radical possibilities of this extreme contradiction.

This Companion adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to present performance art's legacies and its current practices. It brings together specially commissioned essays from leading innovative scholars from a wide range of approaches including art history, visual and performance studies, dance and theatre scholarship in order to provide a comprehensive and multifocal overview of the emerging research trends and methodologies devoted to performance art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350057579
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/20/2020
Series: Methuen Drama Handbooks
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.47(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Bertie Ferdman is an associate professor at Borough Manhattan Community College at the City University of New York, USA. She is the author of Off Sites: Contemporary Performance beyond Site Specific (2018) and is co-editor of a Special Issue of Theater titled Performance Curators.

Jovana Stokic is a Belgrade-born, New York-based art historian and curator. She is currently on the faculty of the MFA Art Practice, School of Visual Arts, New York, and New York University Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

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