Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 3pm
Student Commons Theater
Clifford Owens is a photographer and performance artist who has worked in performance for over two decades. Also a writer and scholar, Owens has frequently advocated for the visibility and recognition of black performance artists. In his own work, which is influenced by the body-centered practices of performance artists in the 1960s, he often requires audiences to manipulate, move, dress, touch or otherwise engage directly with his body, resulting in actions that are defined by chance and spontaneity. In his solo exhibition Anthology, on view at MoMA PS1 in 2011, Owens presented his investigations into the history of black performance art. He invited black artists of multiple generations to submit instructional scores that he performed and documented for the exhibition.
This lecture is sponsored by the VCU departments of Painting & Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media.