Live Art from New York 1975 â€“ Present. Franklin Furnace is devoted to working with temporal art forms such as artists' books, installation, live art/performance art, and now net.art. This exhibition draws on the wealth of experience of the New York-based arts organisation. The show chronicles the transformation of live and performance art from a form that is temporary into one that is preserved, comprising video footage, artists books, online works, artefacts from the archive and a newly commissioned wall painting which maps the history of performance art.
Live Art from New York 1975 â€“ Present
Work selected from the Archives of Franklin Furnace
New York-based arts organisation Franklin Furnace (established in 1976) is devoted to working with temporal art forms such as artists' books, installation, live art/performance art, and now net.art. When U.S. Government funding for the arts became subject to standards of â€˜decencyâ€™, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Franklin Furnace supported artists' fight for freedom of expression. In 1996, Franklin Furnace transformed into a â€˜virtual institutionâ€™, closing its TriBeCa exhibition space, to bring ephemeral forms via the internet to audiences of the avant-garde worldwide. This exhibition and accompanying seminar present highlights from the archives of Franklin Furnace and chronicle the transformation of live art from a form that disappears, into one that is preserved.
This exhibition draws on the wealth of experience of Franklin Furnace - a New York-based arts organisation established in 1976. The show chronicles the transformation of live and performance art from a form that is temporary into one that is preserved. This is a rare opportunity to view documentation of a diverse collection of live art from the fertile time in avant-garde art history during the 70s, through the politically volatile time of the 80s, to the early 90s when artists began to use the Internet as an art medium. The exhibition comprises video footage, artists books, online works, artefacts from the archive and a newly commissioned wall painting which maps the history of performance art.
History of Disappearance includes works by a selection of major international artists including Patty Chang, Billy X. Curmano, Andrea Fraser, Karen Finley, Coco Fusco, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Tehching Hsieh, Ana Mendieta, Linda Montano, Matt Mullican, Claes Oldenburg, William Pope.L, William Wegman and Britta Wheeler and forms part of BALTICâ€™s ongoing Live Art programme, coinciding with the navigate Live Art Festival (30 June - 3 July).
Seminar: History of Disappearence and the institutionalisation of the Avant-Garde Saturday 18 June, 13.00-17.30, Â£12 (Â£8 concessions)
Level 1 Performance Space
This half day seminar will question the role of the institution in relation to live art practice.
Drawing on the work of Franklin Furnace, founding director, Martha Wilson will chair the days events. Britta Wheeler, sociologist and exhibition contributor, will address the institutionalisation of American performance art. Featured artist Billy X. Curmano will discuss his
practice as environmental statement. Artists Leslie Hill and Helen Paris will talk about issues
of place and placelessness in performance and Courtney J. Martin, curator of The C-Series
exhibition, will talk about the artist book as an interactive and activist medium.
History of Disappearance
Saturday 3 September, 12.00-18.00.
To mark the end of the History of Disappearance exhibition BALTIC will host an exclusive day of live performance by Tehching Hsieh, Billy X. Curmano, Andrea Fraser and William Pope.L. This is an extremely rare opportunity to see work by these artists.
Booking essential for all events - please call 0191 478 1810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Yvette Helin The Pedestrian Project (1992). Photo Marty Heitner.
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