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Performance Art Search Tips

Search for performance art and related styles, movements, and modes with some of the following terms 
in VCUL Search and library databases:

  • Add performance as a second term to artists and art movements
  • Enter "performance art*" as a phrase (" ") and with * for alternate endings and plurals (art, arts, artist, etc.)
  • Use synonyms and alternative categories: happenings, installations, interactive art, participatory art, events, video art
  • Search for a specific movement: Fluxus, Dada, Surrealism.
  • Search for specific artists, e.g.:
    • Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, John Beuys, Chris Burden, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Dan Graham, Yoko Ono, etc.

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Performance Art

Performance Art Research Guide

Photo by Dominic Alves of Pennie Long's performance "6.3. me. You lend this place a sinister edge"

Resources Beyond VCU Libraries

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