A Short History of Performance Art

22 December 2011 / 6pm – 9pm / The International 3 / Organised by Contemporary Art Society for its North West Membership. Delivered by The International 3

Contemporary Art Society Press Release

Paulette Terry Brien and Laurence Lane (co-directors of Manchester-based gallery The International 3) will provide an introduction to a fascinating art form which has grown in importance since the 1960s. Broadly defined as an art in which the medium is the artist’s own body and the artwork takes the form of actions performed by the artist, Paulette and Laurence will highlight the key moments, artists and artworks in performance art’s history, from its origins in Futurism and Dada to the pioneering work of artists like Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys and Gilbert & George in the 1960s, through to the present day with artists such as Matthew Barney, Marina Abramović and Allora & Calzadilla. The evening will also include a special screening of a film (This is Performance Art) by artist Mel Brimfield charting her own playful interpretation of the history of performance art.