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ARTF 134: Time Studio


Performance Art Books

Selected Performance Art Journals

  • American Theatre
  • The New Yorker
  • TDR: The Drama Review
  • Theater Journal

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Search Tips

Search for Performance Art and related styles, movements, and modes with some of the following terms:

  • "performance art*" as a phrase (" ") and with * for alternate endings and plurals (art, arts, artist, etc.)
  • body art, conceptual art, events, happenings, installations, interactive art, monologues, semiodics, storytelling, street art, video art
  • Black Mountain College, Dada, Fluxus, avant-garde

Search for specific artists, i.e.:

  • Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, John Beuys, George Brecht, Chris Burden, John Cage, Christo, Merce Cunningham, Dan Graham, Spalding Gray, General Idea, Red Grooms, Joan Jonas, Meredith Monk, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Nan June Paik

Browse the Cabell Library book, DVD and video collections.  The following call numbers focus specifically on performance art:

  • N 6494 .B63 - Body art
  • N 6494 .P38 - Performance art
  • N 6494 .P47 - Performance art exhibitions
  • NX 456.5 .P38 - Performance art
  • NX 600 .P47 - Performance art

Digital Video & Music

Find modern dance, choreography, electronic and concrete music and more within these resources.  They also include some full text biographies, histories and dictionaries.

Performance Art Articles

The resources below expand your search into motion picture and performance resources.  See also contemporary artists and criticism and review resources within the Time-Based Media Research tab.

Selected Interview & Performance

Exceprt from Performance Art and Girl Child (1995, Meredith Monk), Dance in Video
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