Thursday, December 10, 2015



performance art and happenings

2004 performance of artist Cosimo Cavallaro at The Lab in NYC.
Cavallaro, Cosimo Ham Bed, Performance Art, 2004
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn-based artist Cosimo Cavallaro regards his finished work of art, a bed with more than 300 pounds of sliced ham, at a gallery in New York. Cavallaro, 41, the son of immigrants from southern Italy, said the ham is "a pure form of America: all kinds of parts, boiled and pressed together." Despite his Italian heritage and training in an Italian art school, Cavallaro said he had rejected Prosciutto because "It would have been pompous." [from ANANDTECH]

Working with a variety of ephemeral materials including jam, candy, chocolate, sprayed cheese, ham, and the occasional inflatable latex sculpture for good measure, Cavallaro's primary artistic concerns derive, not from the impulse to commemorate or to fetishize, but to ask vital human questions that consistently address our political and social precepts: societal structures largely built upon archaic notions of hierarchy. Below: Food-Drenched Jacket

Ben Patterson, Canal Street Center, 1964 (note Fluxus sign in the background)
Beueys, Joseph

The “Action” 24 Hours lasts 24 hours. It is a performance of sustained, self-imposed martyrdom. Beuys, wearing his personal uniform—hat, short vest and boots—stays on a small orange-crate, covered with white oilcloth, for the full length of the performance. He neither rests nor eats. He stretches and strains for objects placed almost out of his reach. His feet never lose contact with the box. He goes through a real physical ordeal—his face is contorted. Yet he acts with vigor, ramming two-handled shovels into the floor. A tape recorder plays stammered texts. Now and then Beuys stops and listens to a fat-box. His face glows with ecstatic fervor. Before acting in 24 Hours Beuys fasted several days—preparing himself like a monk, fasting for purification and enlightenment.

Alan Kaprow, 1964  Women Licking Jam off Car 1964
Sol Goldberg’s photograph of participants in Allan Kaprow’s ‘Women licking jam off a car,’ from his happening ‘household’ (1964).Courtesy Getty Research Institute
© Estate of Sol Goldberg

McCarthy  Paul  (b. 1945,Salt Lake City, Utah)  Performance Art, Pasadena, CA, “ Hotdog”

Raay, Jan van   Performance Art and Streetworks: Fishworks 1973-1978

Gripppo, Victor (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1936-2002), Artista de Processa

Victor Grippo / Anna Maria Maiolino
Grippo: Baker's Little Suitcase (burned bread)

Grippo: 1981, Street Performance."Entravidas"
. Photographed by Henri Virgil Stahl at Rua Junior, Rio de Janeiro Victor Grippo: Works 1971-2001  type

Miami Art Central (MAC)
LEFT: Victor Grippo in Brussels RIGHT: Anna Maria Maiolino, ‘Entrevidas’ (Between Lives), 1981, Street Performance photographed by Henri Virgil Stahl at Rua Junior, Rio de Janeiro Victor Grippo: Works 1971-2001
March 24 – June 18, 2006

Anna Maria Maiolino: Territories of Immanence
March 24 – June 18, 2006

Gilbert and George
Gilbert Proesch (b. 1943) and George Passmore (b. 1942)  
“Two VERY important avant garde artists ?????

Other early series of works created by Gilbert and George included postcard sculptures addressed to collectors and gallery owners in which they detailed their daily lives and magazine sculptures published in selected periodicals. The Meal, a performance piece in a hall in Ripley, was an event during which Gilbert & George served dinner to David Hockney in front of an audience  Years later, their focus became body excretia

Gilbert and George, celebrated (?) performance artists, here getting drunk on gin that was paid for by the Tate Museum

end note:

A Limerick:
A scholar with oodles of dish
Wrote books on his old L. C. Smith.
Why don’t we suppose (we also propose)
That his gossip was brim full of pith.

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