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Author Archias, Elise, author.

Title The concrete body : Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Vito Acconci / Elise Archias.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    700.9045 ARC    Available
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Description ix, 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
nat Americans lcdgt
gdr Women lcdgt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-218) and index.
Contents Introduction : when the body is the material -- Hurray for people : Yvonne Rainer -- Concretions : Carolee Schneemann -- Reasons to move : Vito Acconci -- Coda : forming the senses.
Summary This book examines the 1960s performance work of three New York artists who adapted modernist approaches to form for the medium of the human body. Finding parallels between the tactility of a drip of paint and a body's reflexive movements, Elise Archias argues convincingly that Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, and Vito Acconci forged a dialogue between modernist aesthetics and their own artistic community's embrace of all things ordinary through work that explored the abstraction born of the body's materiality. Rainer's task-like dances, Schneemann's sensuous appropriations of popular entertainment, and Acconci's behaviorist-inflected tests highlight the body's unintended movements as vital reminders of embodied struggle amid the constraining structures in contemporary culture. Archias also draws compelling comparisons between embodiment as performed in the work of these three artists and in the sit-ins and other nonviolent protests of the era.
Subject Rainer, Yvonne, 1934- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Schneemann, Carolee, 1939- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Acconci, Vito, 1940-2017 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Performance art -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Performance artists -- United States -- 20th century.
Arts, American -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Added Title Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Vito Acconci
ISBN 9780300217971 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0300217978 (hardcover ; alk. paper)

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