Ms. Goldberg will discuss ideas in her upcoming book, "Performance Now", to be published by Thames & Hudson
In her groundbreaking book "Performance Art: From Futurism To The Present" (1979 and 2011), art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg shows that performance is central to the history of 20th century art and that it is a driving force in shaping contemporary art today. In 2005, she launched Performa 05, the first biennial of visual art performance, and predicted that performance would become "the medium of the 21st century." Indeed, its time has come. "Performance Now" is an exhibition that will debut at Wesleyan, and show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition featuring video, film and photography, by artists including Marina Abramovic, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, will be showcased in Zilkha Gallery. The exhibition also extends to a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson '05. "Performance Now" is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. Organized by Independent Curators International, New York and Performa, New York.