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performance art

noun

  1. a collaborative art form originating in the 1970s as a fusion of several artistic media, as painting, film, video, music, drama, and dance, and deriving in part from the 1960s performance happenings.


performance art

noun

  1. a theatrical presentation that incorporates various art forms, such as dance, sculpture, music, etc


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Other Words From

  • performance artist noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of performance art1

First recorded in 1970–75
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Example Sentences

On the outside, activists stage elaborate performance art, like handing out flip-flops to shame candidates who switched positions, or flying prop-planes with slogans dragging behind on banners.

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Ono, now 88, has gone on to have her own decade-spanning career as a groundbreaking artist across a variety of mediums, from performance art to music to film to sculpture and painting.

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Their partnership, combining avant-garde music and performance art with technology, became a media sensation thanks to Moorman’s willingness — underwritten by her sardonic, sensation-seeking intelligence — to shed her clothes.

By the time he graduated from the Iceland University of the Arts in Reykjavik in 2001, Kjartansson’s theatrical upbringing had merged with an interest in performance art, as practiced by the likes of Marina Abramovic, Chris Burden and Bruce Nauman.

Also, some sectors like travel and performance arts have yet to mount a substantial recovery.

For all its performance art and immersive theater foundation, the show also has its own shriek moments.

Prepare for the latest head-scratcher from that strange genre known as “performance art.”

“You are always guaranteed to see Ernesto whip off his towel in the name of performance art,” Milazzo said.

When it came time to go to school, America seemed like a good place because of my interests: performance art, film, and TV.

The result was less a dramatic stand-off between humans and animals and more a strangely moving piece of performance art.

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