IN PLAIN SIGHT: STREET WORKS AND PERFORMANCES, 1968 - 1971
SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 - JANUARY 4, 2009
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From 1968 to 1971, a cadre of New York City writers took poetry off the page and created unusual opportunities for poets, artists, and dancers. These efforts demonstrated that neither artists nor poets need be dependent upon orthodox formats or venues nor limited to category or genre restraints. Because of their wit and inventiveness, the provocations of this cadre stand as lessons of artistic self-empowerment, across all artistic categories. Using ephemera, photographs, surviving costumes, props, and video and sound tape, In Plain Sight will be the first full-examination of the important late-1960s phenomenon of Street Works and Performances. Glorifying the ephemeral, both forms placed an unprecedented emphasis on time-based, anti-commercial, anti-object artmaking.
In Plain Sight: Street Works and Performances, 1968 - 1971 is curated by John Perreault and Judy Collischan for The Lab at Belmar.