Exhibition Paper

ExhibitionPaperContemporaryArt Madison Goodman

Visiting Artist Series – Lesley Flanigan

LectureReview2ContemporaryArt Madison Goodman

Visiting Scholar Series Lecture Review

LectureReview1ContemporaryArt Madison Goodman

Lecture response – Extra Credit

After the lecture on February 14, 2012 , I have a few comments regarding performance art.  To be quite honest, it was hard for me to connect some of the listed happenings to art when the lecture was going on. Some of the performances seemed to simplistic, boring, and dull that I couldn’t imagine attending them and actually being able to walk out satisfied with what I had saw.   For example, the performance called “Rhythm O” from Marina Abramovic in 1974 peeved me.  Not only did she have many dangerous objects that could potentially kill her, I was unsure of what her point was with this performance.  I feel that if I had attended this performance, I would not have participated in it based upon the crude, radical aura that it gives off.

Another performance that I found quite interesting was the “Tap and Touch Cinema” by Valle Export in 1968.  I thought that this performance was quite humorous. Using a box in front of the females body parts and having men touch what was inside the box, without actually seeing it, seems silly to me. My first initial thought was that if I was the artist or the performer, I would have laughed quite a lot.  I would also have felt embarrassed because of how goofy it looked and how judgmental the men would be.

The last performance that I wanted to comment on was the “Anthropotmetric” performance by Yves Klein in 1960.  By using naked women as the artists paintbrushes, I believe that this degrades the entire female species. Not only does the artist used the women as tools to make a painting, by dragging them across a canvas, but he also uses their NAKED bodies while an audience watches.  Especially in the 1960s when the civil rights movements were at their peak, I think that this performance is insulting. If I had attended, I probably would have walked out disgusted.

For the most part, performance art interests me the most because there is actual visual movement. I find it hard to get myself involved in art that doesn’t move or doesn’t have a specific meaning behind it. For example, contemporary art and land art bore me. So performance art is so far my favorite.

Clyfford Still by Madison Goodman

Clifford Still By Madison Goodman

Madison Goodman Intellectual Profile

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

I am a junior Sociology major looking to get into event planning/coordinating. I have always found interest in planning events and working with people. I am an outgoing person and I love to put my organizing skills to the test. In high school I used to plan school dances and after parties so since then I decided that coordinating was something I wanted to do. The reason I chose sociology as a major was because it is learning about people and how they function, along with the reasons for why, etc.

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Terry Smith Reading (Madison Goodman)

Terry Smith’s article on Contemporary art gives a modern, yet descriptive explanation for what contemporary art really is. Smith explains it as a culture of it’s own, or a society of it’s own. Although it is many art forms and structures are brought together into one subculture, the main subject at hand is something that is unique than most forms of art. “A supreme work of contemporary art in itself, is celebrated as a cathedral of Contemporary Art for the globalized world, yet it is one that also serves – at official, if not local art world levels – a basque regional cultural agenda”.  This statement means that contemporary art relates to all cultures, subcultures, religions, etc. It relates to all people throughout history to present time.  Which also brings up another explanation that Smith ties in that displays contemporary art as being diverse and constantly changing.  Although the term “contemporary” means present and futuristic, the art form carries on years of history behind it. By keeping the sense of history along with it, the culture allows itself to find ways to embark on its past and form a foundation along the way. Contemporary art is something that grows on top of itself and polishes itself into something new.  Artists from around the world input their own forms of beauty,  ideas beliefs, values and tastes that come together in all forms, but as one category.

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