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

Examples of performance art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Museums reinforced the gravitas of Banksy’s work, tilting its reception from spoof to significant piece of performance art, dealers said. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Beyond this cynical piece of performance art, however, the Newcastle United sale is emblematic of something far more fundamental and depressing about the state of Britain. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 9 Oct. 2021 On the outside, activists stage elaborate performance art, like handing out flip-flops to shame candidates who switched positions, or flying prop-planes with slogans dragging behind on banners. Philip Elliott, Time, 25 Aug. 2021 Celebrate cabaret's first birthday with cocktails, performance art, dancing and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 23 Aug. 2021 The Little Mermaid Experience, a theatrical cocktail experience that combines performance art and craft cocktails, is now open in New York City through Nov. 5, 2021. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 16 Aug. 2021 But in his performance art, as in Pentecostalism, concrete experiential knowledge is favored over theoretical, abstract musing. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Singing, dancing, dishing — to her, it’s all performance art., 26 Aug. 2021 In theory, ballet, or any performance art could be an Olympic event so long as it can be judged and scored. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of performance art

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of performance art was in 1971

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18 Oct 2021

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“Performance art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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