Wednesday May 15th Odd Spaces Performance Art Event and Panel Discussion
launches the MFAs new performance art program, involving the Boston arts community in a discussion on this new initiative, and the role of performance art in museums today.
The increased presence of performance art at the MFA shifts the relationship between spectators and art to one of social exchange. While performance art often references visual art and art history, it also has a firm grounding in the present, in everyday life, and in human-to-human interactions. Where, then, is performance arts place in a museum environment? How can performance art expand the ways we experience and define art?
Participating artists Marilyn Arsem, David Levine, John Gonzalez, Sandrine Schaefer and Philip Fryer probe these questions by performing in places where art might not typically appear at the MFA. "Odd Spaces" is imagined as a conversation in which diverse voices resonate across physical space.
11am-8:30pm, Family Meal by John C. Gonzalez, Garden Cafeteria (Level G) 11am-4pm, & Bravo Resturant (Level 2) lunch 11:30-3pm & dinner 5:30-8:30pm
12-6:30pm, With the Others by Marilyn Arsem, Egyptian Galleries (Level 1)
2-7pm, durance by David Levine, Druker Classroom (159) in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art (Level 1)
4:30-6:30pm, Untitled View by Sandrine Schaefer & Philip Fryer, Shapiro Rotunda (Level 1)
7-8:30pm - Panel Discussion co-presented with Big Red & Shiny, Alfond Auditorium
Kate McNamara, Tony Schwensen, David Levine and Sandrine Schaefer will engage in a discussion moderated by assistant curator, Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, Liz Munsell, at 7 pm following the performances.
%Funded by the generous support of The Contemporaries.
Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution.
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