Apr 18th 2019

Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission; registration required

Lecture: An Introduction to Performance Art in Four Parts—A Conversation with Michael Portnoy

From the grotesque to the political, the mundane to the playful, performance art has evolved to encompass a wide range of creative approaches and attitudes. This four-part lecture series invites you to consider key moments in the history of performance art and explore the work of artists who are continuing to blur boundaries and redefine artistic practice. This series coincides with the launch of Iterations, an initiative presenting newly commissioned works by a range of artists over the next three years.


The fourth and last lecture of the series features the work of Michael Portnoy, an artist whose practice revolves around performance, through participatory installation, video, and a variety of other media. Together with Dittmer Curator of Contemporary Art Hendrik Folkerts, Portnoy discusses his artistic approach to performance and how he connects his practice to many manifestations of performance in our society at large.

*Please note that the originally featured artist, Cally Spooner, is no longer able to speak at this program.

Please join us for the other lectures in this series:

Friday, March 15 at 3:00

Fluxus and the Art of Participation
Friday, March 22 at 3:00

Contemporary Approaches
Friday, April 12 at 3:00

Persons with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program are encouraged to send an email to access@artic.edu two weeks in advance of the program.

Image: Michael Portnoy. 100 Beautiful Jokes, 2014. Photo by Ernst van Deursen.

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