Chris Burden (1971-74) +
“Young & Restless” performance-based works by women (1993-97)
Organized by Astria Suparak
@ Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
October 18 + 20, 1998
Chris Burden: Documentation of Selected Works 1971-74, 1975, 34 min., video.
An influential and controversial figure in the West Coast body art, performance, and Conceptual Art movements, this historical document reveals the major themes of Burden’s work – the psychological experience of danger, pain and physical risk, the aggressive abuse of the body as an art object, and the psychology of the artist/spectator relationship.
Young & Restless
A selection from the exhibition at the MoMA, NY, curated by Stephen Vitiello and co-organized by Barbara London and Sally Berger. Recent performance-based works by women artists. These energetic, often ironic pieces, made between 1993 and 1997, showcased artists who engage in dynamic explorations of female identity.
- Life Lines, by Tatiana Parcero, 1995, 6 min., silent.
Parcero paints her body from feet to head, tracing the veins and organs that represent the lines of her life, the cells of her memory.
- Shore, by Linda Post, 1996, 6:15.
A video camera caught in the surf acts as a surrogate performer and witness to unpredictable forces.
- Sally, by Kristin Oppenheim, 1995, 10 min. (excerpt), b&w.
- In and Around the Garden, by Beverly Semmes, 1993, 7 min.
Semmes creates a surrealistic series of still-lifes – motionless, timeless scenes filled with Alice in Wonderland-like costumes.
- Piano Americano, by Vanessa Beecroft, 1996, 10 min. (excerpt), silent.
Beecroft performs at the Deitch Projects gallery, using women models as images.
- In the Present, by Phyllis Baldino, 1996, 12 min.
Baldino constructs scenes that explore the idea that the brain can grasp only 3-12 seconds as “the present,” unimpeded by memory.