God Only Knows Who the Audience Is
God Only Know Who The Audience Is (Graduate Seminar HTCA-520AE-01)
Visiting Faculty: Ryan Tacata
San Francisco Art Institute
Department of History and Theory of Contemporary Art
San Francisco conceptualist Tom Marioni defined performance art in 1978 as: "Idea oriented situations not directed at the production of static objects." In line with other formulations of conceptual art in the 1970s, Marioni's contribution to the production and exhibition of early Bay Area conceptual performance art was foundational to alternative art sphere of the 1970s. This course examines the early years of conceptual performance art in the Bay Area by engaging with primary documents from artists: Terry Fox, David Ireland, Tony Labat, Linda Montano, T.R. Uthco, Bonnie Sherk, and more. Areas covered include: the Alternative Art Space Movement and Publications, Bay Area Dada, Punk / New Wave, Video Art, and Alternative Archives. Students will contribute to the current turn in art history which takes up histories of west coast conceptual art and will aid in redressing the historical foundations of contemporary performance by researching work produced in the Bay Area.
Cover image: Linda Mary Montano. Chicken Dance, The Streets of San Francisco, March 3, 6, 9, 1973 (still); performance, in front of Reese Palley Gallery, 550 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Photo by Mitchell Payne.