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
performance artist noun

Examples of performance art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Correspondent Faith Salie talks with some of the young people using writing, performance art and documentary filmmaking to tell stories of the past that resonate today, proving that history never gets old. David Morgan, CBS News, 29 June 2024 At that time, all the art sort of melded together—performance art, graffiti art, dance. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 16 June 2024 Cynthia Carr, a longtime former culture writer at The Village Voice, has written books on artist David Wojnarowicz, performance art, and a 1930 lynching in her Indiana hometown. The Week Us, theweek, 14 May 2024 The Trunk Space: A meeting place for the culturally curious and a space for art, music, experimental theater, performance art, circus side shows, vaudeville and more. Meredith G. White, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for performance art 

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of performance art was in 1971

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“Performance art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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