9780300195866

Rituals of Rented Island Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama-Manhattan, 1970-1982

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300195866

  • ISBN10:

    0300195869

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-11-28
  • Publisher: The Whitney Museum of American Art
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Summary

This important volume explores three unique performance art practices of the 1970s and early 1980s:  “object theater” (in which artists engage directly with the objects drawn from the world around them); “loft performance” (where artists performed in lofts, storefronts, and the alternative spaces of New York’s SoHo); and “new psychodrama” (in which artists drew on formal performance modes to explore everyday experience). By tracing the paths of such artists as Stuart Sherman, Julia Heyward, Jared Bark and Jill Kroesen, this catalogue makes newly visible a critical period in the development of performance art. 

Rituals of Rented Island examines the disparate yet related practices of the artists mentioned above alongside those of the notorious Kipper Kids; composer-musician John Zorn; and legendary playwright and filmmaker Jack Smith; among others. With an array of previously unpublished images, including installation photographs, posters, and other ephemera, drawn from the artists’ own archives, this volume illuminates the eccentric singularities of the performance art of this era and its relevance today.


Author Biography

Jay Sanders is curator of performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. J. Hoberman is an independent writer and critic.

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