Final Blog Rubric

Here is a link to the rubric that I will use to assess your blogwork over the semester. Editing your blogs is your last opportunity to bring up your grade beyond our final assignment. You have until our final meeting time (April 26 from 9-11AM) to update and complete your blogwork so you have time to include documentation of your final project.

Project # 6 – Intervention

Throughout the semester we have investigated multiple ways of using our bodies, voices, and environments to create cohesive performance art pieces. For our final project, you must create a performance piece that takes place in between our last day of classes (April 19) and our final exam (April 26). You must invite the entire class to your performance and your invitation needs to include a time, date, and location. Your performance can consist of any form or shape and the focus is up to you. However, the only caveat is your performance must be held in a public space, open to an audience’s intervention or your intervention into an audience’s space. Consider carefully what materials, uniform, process etc are necessary to convey your unique concept. In order to help clarify your ideas before your performance, you must write an artist statement about your performance and post it on your blog by midnight on April 19. Your documentation is due by the beginning of our final meeting time, which is April 26 from 9-11AM.

Joseph Beuys “I Like America and America Likes Me” 1974, Rene Block Gallery, New York City. Source.

“Beuys flew to New York, picked up by an ambulance, and swathed in felt, was transported to a room in the Rene Block Gallery. The room was also occupied by a wild coyote, and for a period of 8 hours a day for the next three days, Beuys spent his time with the coyote in the small room, with little more than a felt blanket and a pile of straw. While in the room, the artist engaged in symbolist gestures, such as striking a triangle and tossing his gloves to the coyote. At the end of the three days, the coyote, who had become quite tolerant of Beuys, allowed a hug from the artist, who was transported back to the airport via ambulance. He never set foot on outside American soil nor saw anything of America other than the coyote and the inside of the gallery.” Source.

Joseph Beuys “How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare” Schelma Gallery, Dusseldorf, 26 November 1965. Source.

“Beuys covered his head first with honey, and then with fifty dollars worth of gold leaf. He cradles a dead hare in his arms, and strapped an iron plate to the bottom of his right shoe. Viewed from behind glass in the gallery, the audience could see Beuys walking from drawing to drawing, quietly whispering in the dead rabbit’s ear. As he walked around the room, the silence was pierced by intermittent sound of his footsteps; the loud crack of the iron on the floor, and the soundless whisper of the sole of shoe.” Source.

“Seven Easy Pieces: Joseph Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965),” 2005 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Marina Abramović (born 1946). Performance. Photograph by Attilio Maranzano. Source.

Documentary of Marina Abramoviç’s Seven Easy Pieces.

Artist Research Post #10

Your last artist research post is due Tuesday, April 17 along with your Art/Life documentation.

Zhang Huan “Family Tree” 2001 Source


Datong Dazhang “I See Death” 1998. Photograph taken by Kristen Tordella-Williams from his retrospective at the Power Station of Art.

Patty Chang “Untitled (Eels)” 1999. Source.

Sondra Perry “Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation” Source.

Artist Research Post #9

These artists blur the lines between art and life and work in collaboration. Your presentations are due on Tuesday, April 10 along with your Art/Life schedule.

Linda Montano “7 Years of Living Art” December 8 1984 – August 7 1991″ Source.

Shirin Neshat “Rebellious Silence” 1994. Source.

Coco Fusco & Guillermo Gómez-Peña,”The Year of the White Bear” Walker Art Center, 1992. Source.

Orlan. Source.