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Photo by Blue   A woman sits alone beneath hundreds of dangling scissors; they teeter above her, metallic mouths open and sharp edges facing downwards. Calmly, she sews. As part of 2011’s The Mending Project, the performance artist Beili Liu put herself in this position, asking audience members to cut away portions of a large piece of fabric and patiently threading it back together.   Photo by Rino Pizzi   In juxtaposing the ... Read More
Heather Hansen, a New Orleans based fine artist, has combined visual and performance art in her totally mesmerizing piece Emptied Gestures, which she describes as an experiment in kinetic drawing. While being filmed from above by photographer Bryan Tarnowski, she uses her entire body as a tool to manipulate charcoal and pastels into imagery over engulfing panels of paper spread on the floor. Her dance-like movements are sensual and organic, creating a painting ... Read More
  Lady Gaga and performance artist Marina Abramovic share one undeniable strength: the creative powers of their own bodies. Abramovic’s physical presence is almost always at the core of her work. She has passively stood before an audience allowing them to aim at her anything from roses to guns; she has masturbated beneath museums. In The Artist Is Present, she simply sat and stared at audience members across a table.    Similarly, Lady Gaga, ... Read More
Cataloguing one’s first sexual encounter is nothing new. As a teen who pored over magazines in airports, I traced the ongoing debate on what “virginity” means. At what point are we no longer virgins: oral sex, intercourse? Do the rules change depending on one’s gender or sexual orientation? I learned that it’s kind of one of those things an individual must define for her or hir or himself.   And we always want to record it in ... Read More
Sarah Sophie Flicker is a woman in a league of her own. The lovely lady has done everything from directing feminist and environmentalist PSAs to founding a circus-esque brigade of performance artists and musicians known as The Citizens Band. When she's not being a pioneer in the arts or an innovator in fashion, she's writing for some of our favorite feminist publications like Rookie Magazine and HelloGiggles. The Women Take Over recently sat down with ... Read More
As if “The Scream” wasn’t incentive enough to head to The Museum of Modern Art, Tilda Swinton will be hanging out in a glass box periodically throughout the rest of 2013 as part of her piece “The Maybe.” Swinton previously performed this piece at London's Serpentine Gallery and at a museum in Rome. Maybe it will be cool? According to museum sources, the Oscar-winning actress does not have a schedule of her appearances, and no one on ... Read More
One of the most interesting and underrated pop culture figures ever was Nico. This past week in New York two very different events took place in her honor.The first event took place Tuesday night at The Cutting Room. Chelsea Madchen is NYC musician and performance artist, Tammy Faye Starlite’s take on Nico’s life and work as an all-around icon.Chelsea Madchen is based on an interview Nico did in the mid-80s.  Nico (Ms. Starlite) is asked ... Read More
Adrienne Truscott, whose performance art and choreography have earned her international acclaim, is debuting her improvisational solo piece “…Too Freedom…” a show that aims to confront and challenge the norms of human interaction and self-presentation.Truscott touches on many different genres with her work and has been creating in NYC for over 15 years. She has recently produced several short and evening-length dance theater pieces, ... Read More
The Ohio River Project is the latest venture of artists who make boats out of awesome pieces of trash and travel down various rivers. They stop in towns along the way to put on free shows for the public and create fun experiences, tons of laughter, and amazing pictures. Every year the masterminds behind the project pick a different river, and this time around they're sailing down one of the largest and most populated in the United States, the Ohio River. The boat ... Read More
Two years ago, performance artist Marina Abramović had a much-buzzed-about retrospective, “The Artist is Present,” at the the Museum of Modern Art, and it’s the subject (and title) of a new HBO documentary by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre. For the retrospective, Abramović sat in a chair (without making a peep or getting up for anything--not even to use the bathroom) for three months. Between March and May 2010, from the time the MoMA ... Read More
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