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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Well, synthpop purveyors Ariana and the Rose rose to the occasion last fall at Brooklyn's reliably excellent House of Yes, debuting a party called light + space, a seamless integration of live band, performance art and dance party. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Ariana and the Rose Prep for Immersive House of Yes Series With Glitter, Alien Dancers & More," 20 Apr. 2018 Further down the line: a museum and performance art space. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "New York City’s ‘Little Haiti’ Makes a Big Impression," 31 July 2018 The vulva has been occasionally flashed in real life as performance art. Laren Stover, New York Times, "The Selfie That Dares to Go There," 7 July 2018 Within a matter of hours, a possible act of anti-auction protest by an inveterate art prankster had been transmogrified by the churning gears of the market into an auction-reifying, value-amplifying piece of monetizable performance art. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "The Price of Everything,," 18 Oct. 2018 Host to experimental theater, edgy performance art, and film screenings year round, REDCAT is an underrated spot to catch cutting-edge live art. Maxwell Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles," 1 Mar. 2018 In fact, this image was created shortly after grad school and Thomas’ adoption of an alter ego, Quanikah (her childhood nickname), as part of a performance art history class. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "‘MUSE’ offers a look at painter Mickalene Thomas’ photography — and at the artist herself," 23 Aug. 2018 Banksy’s Girl With Balloon, which recently became the most expensive piece of performance art sold at an auction, was meant to be shredded completely, according to a video Banksy uploaded on YouTube. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: The Catholic sex abuse reckoning continues in Pennsylvania," 19 Oct. 2018 In preparation, the contestants go through a training period that involves such eclectic studies as performance art, rap music, and elocution. Peter Keough,, "The documentary side of MFA French fest," 5 July 2018

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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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