Boston University Art Gallery

Boston University Art Gallery 100 Years (version #4, boston, jan 2012)

Boston University Art Gallery
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Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) will present 100 Years (version #4, boston, jan 2012), the fourth iteration of 100 Years of Performance, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator of Performa. Tracing the development of performance art over the past century, the exhibition will include a wealth of assembled archival documents and previously unseen or unheard film, photography, and audio providing a fascinating overview of some of the most significant performance art events, happenings, and movements from the Futurist Manifesto in 1909 through the present day. The exhibition includes such works as Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1965), Francis Alÿs’s When Faith Moves Mountains (2002), and Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint (2005). The material serves as an archive for students, scholars, and enthusiasts of the history of performance art.

100 Years was first presented on the occasion of Performa 09 (November 1–22, 2009), the third edition of the international biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa in New York City, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Futurism. The conceptualization of the exhibition is based on RoseLee Goldberg’s seminal book on the history of performance art, Performance Art: Futurism to the Present (Thames & Hudson, 1979), as well as on The Museum of Modern Art’s performance workshops organized by Klaus Biesenbach.

“100 Years is a “living exhibition” that grows and expands with each new iteration,” Goldberg explains. Having traveled previously to The Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf (2009–10); MoMA PS1, New York (2009–10); and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010); with live performances by artists accompanying the exhibition in each city, BUAG has invited the Boston University and Boston community at large to contribute performances as well as to the timeline of the exhibition. The new BUAG Annex space will host related mini-exhibitions, performances, and projects throughout the run of the exhibition. A full schedule of programming is forthcoming and will include performances by Mobius, Kurt Ralske, Sandrine Schaefer and Phil Fryer of Present Tense, John Gonzalez, and Randi Hopkins with the Simmons College Curatorial seminar.