WFU art department hosts video and performance art series

To explore the history of performance and video art from the 1970s to the 1990s, Wake Forest University’s art department will present a video and performance art series beginning Sept. 10.

The series is based on five themes, “The Body” (Sept. 10), “Culture, Society, Politics” (Sept. 24), “Identity and Representation” (Oct. 8), “Feminism” (Oct. 22), “Conceptualism” (Nov. 5), and “Performance” (Nov. 19).

Each group of videos will be shown at 7 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102. All screenings will last approximately one hour and will begin with a brief introduction by an art department faculty member. A brief discussion will follow each presentation.

Some of the videos are documentations of performance art; others are video art, said John Pickel, an associate professor of art at Wake Forest who helped organize the series.

More than 20 artists are represented in the series. They include Chris Burden, who gained international attention in the 1970s by using his own body as an art object in outrageous, sometimes shocking ways, and Max Almy, a Los Angeles-based artist who creates visual allegories of the impact of technology and television on contemporary life.

For more information, contact the Wake Forest art department at 336-758-5310.

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