Retro·active: Performance Art from 1964–1987

June 14, 2014 - September 21, 2014

Organized to complement the Museum’s showing of Performance Now, Retro·active presents a historical view of performance art. This important genre exploded onto the scene in the mid-1960s and has developed over the past 50 years to incorporate dance, music, theater, technology, and audience participation and to address aesthetic, personal, social, economic, and political concerns. Six groundbreaking works by artists Chris Burden, Dan Graham, Joan Jonas, Paul McCarthy, Yoko Ono, and Carolee Schneemann trace this pivotal moment and provide a context for contemporary performance art.

*Some artworks contain mature content; adults with children may wish to preview the exhibition before visiting.

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This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.


Support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.