Art as Event

March 13, 2010

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Photo caption: Adam Pendleton, The Revival, 2007. Courtesy of Performa. Photo by Elizabeth Proitsis.

Since the early part of the 20th century, artists have created works that might best be described as events: situated in place, unfolding in time, and at times performative or interactive in approach, these works ask the audience to reconsider the very nature of the art experience. In recent years, event-based artworks and actions have proliferated in museums, galleries and public spaces in Chicago and elsewhere.

Moderated by art historian Irene V. Small, this panel discussion looks at the modes of art making and motivations that are leading artists to produce event-based works today, while connecting these current activities to earlier art works. Panelists include artists Laurie Palmer, Adam Pendleton, and collaborators Mark Jeffrey and Judd Morrisson, as well as MCA curator Tricia Van Eck.


Recorded Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Museum of Contemporary Art.