Performance Now at Middlebury College Museum of Art

Clifford Owens, Anthology (Nsenga Knight), 2011, image courtesy of On Stellar Rays, Collection for Sharing and Learning

On View February 7 - April 20, 2014

Today Middlebury College Museum of Art opens Performance Now, a selection of works by artists who practice a variety of art making procedures featuring videos, objects, films, and installations that document ephemeral occurrences. Performance Now presents a preponderance of new performance works created since the year 2000, a period that has witnessed exponential growth in the field. Bringing together 22 of the most significant practitioners today, the exhibition surveys critical and experimental currents in performance on an international scale. 

In addition to installations in the museum’s Christian A. Johnson Gallery, there will be regular screenings of films on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Room 232 of the Donald F. Axinn Center. Visit the museum’s website here for a complete and up-to-date list of the Thursday night screenings.

Public Programs:

Performance Now: Illustrated Lecture

Thursday, February 27, 4:30pm

with RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator, Performa

at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Performance Now: Clifford Owens
Wednesday March 19, 4:30pm

Lecture/Performance with Clifford Owens, Artist

at the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—“Embodied Experience: Creating/Witnessing/Dancing”
Friday, March 14, 12:15pm

Art & Lunch Discussion with Catherine Cabeen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

at the Middlebury College Museum of Art

To view the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s public programs in detail, click here.

February 7, 2014 - March 17, 2014

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury, VT 05753


RoseLee Goldberg

RoseLee 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 and has been translated into more languages (including Chinese, Croatian, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian) than any other book of its kind. When director of the Royal College of Art (RCA) Gallery in London, Goldberg established a program that pioneered an integrative approach to curating exhibitions, performance, and symposia, directly involving the various departments of the RCA in all aspects of the exhibitions program. As curator at The Kitchen in New York she continued to advocate for multi-disciplinary practices to have equal prominence by establishing the exhibition space, a video viewing room, and a performance series. It was here that Goldberg curated the first solo exhibitions of Cindy Sherman, Sherri Levine, Robert Longo, Jack Goldstein and The Kipper Kids, among others. Most recently, her vision in the creation of Performa has set a precedent for performance art that is now impacting museum programming and diverse audiences across the U.S. and abroad. In 2010 she was awarded the ICI Agnes Gund Curatorial Award and in 2006 named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Since 1987, Goldberg has taught at New York University.

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