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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performance artist noun

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His career has been opening and managing several performance arts centers, most recently the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Supreme Court’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiates at La Jolla music executive’s wedding," 9 Sep. 2019 Gaga's entrance can best be described as an incredible piece of performance art, created in conjunction with designer Brandon Maxwell. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Had Three Full Outfit Changes on the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet," 6 May 2019 Carlos is especially drawn to the confrontational performance art of Nico and his friends, much of it aimed at raising AIDS awareness and calling out anti-LGBT discrimination. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘This Is Not Berlin’ vividly conjures a bygone Mexican counterculture," 12 Sep. 2019 Lady Gaga turned outfit changes into performance art. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Here Are All the Fashion References You Might Have Missed from the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 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

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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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