performance art


Definition of performance art

: a nontraditional art form often with political or topical themes that typically features a live presentation to an audience or onlookers (as on a street) and draws on such arts as acting, poetry, music, dance, or painting

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Other Words from performance art

performance artist noun

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Mitski used a wooden table and chair as stage props to present a set that was part performance art. Amit Gurbaxani, Billboard, "Tame Impala Seize the Night at Norway's Oya Festival," 9 Aug. 2019 The Milwaukee Bucks are built around Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Houston Rockets will once again be James Harden’s avant-garde performance art. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The End of the NBA’s Endless Summer," 10 July 2019 Originally from San Diego, RuPaul moved to Atlanta at 15 to study performance art and rose to popularity in the underground nightclub scene. Erika Ryan, CNN, "Courage and sacrifice: 6 activists behind LGBTQ progress," 26 June 2019 But things are already happening: new shows, an ambitious performance art series, some events for students. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "At Leon Gallery, the allure and danger of our Instagram lives," 4 Aug. 2019 ScribbleMonster is a performance art platform which launched as a series of children’s books. Karie Angell Luc,, "Rain forced ’ScribbleMonster’ and Northbrook Park District summer concert series inside local theater, kids’ smiles shone bright," 2 July 2019 There's always the feeling that Sama is drawing on personal memories, whether of the sometimes striking performance art pieces or the often awful but aggressively energetic songs that are so crucial to the film. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'This Is Not Berlin' ('Esto no es Berlin'): Film Review," 29 June 2019 Vaid-Menon does this through their writing, performance art, event curation and public speaking. Alamin Yohannes, NBC News, "#Pride50: Alok Vaid-Menon — Nonbinary performance artist," 3 June 2019 My weekly Datebook has all the latest art listings, including a performance art festival at REDCAT. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Arts: Questions of power and race after last-minute firing of a play’s director," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of performance art

1971, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of performance art

: a type of art that is created in front of or presented to an audience by the artist

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