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Directions for a cloud-crowd

Submitted on March 28, 2016 - 4:49pm
Changes--Performance with Drying Slip, 1972, Jim Melchert
Changes--Performance with Drying Slip, 1972, Jim Melchert; photographs by Mieke Hille

Performance: Thursday, April 21, 7-8:30pm (free ticket)

Conversation: Saturday, April 23, 11am-12:30pm (free ticket)

Directions for a cloud-crowd is a performance with artists Anne Walsh, Jim Melchert, and Michael Swaine. Beginning with the assertion that life is divided between things given and things taken, the artists give and take instructions throughout this performance prompting further actions and interactions from one another. These actions create a chain of connections between people and ideas, illuminating the cloud-crowd of consequences. Throughout the performance, the audience will both bear witness to these actions and be an unwilling participant in the event. The performance reflects upon the history of instruction-based art, a major strategy used by conceptual artists such as Sol Lewitt, Allan Kaprow, and Yoko Ono.

Directions for a cloud-crowd, organized by 3D4M Professor Michael Swaine, is a re-staging and variation of three performances created for San Francisco’s Southern Exposure in 2015. The Saturday conversation about the performance will be led by Art History Professor Adair Rounthwaite. Read more about all the participants.

The School of Art + Art History + Design and the Henry Art Gallery are pleased to co-host these events. Additional support is provided by the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Wyckoff Milliman Endowment for Faculty Excellence, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

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Changes—Performance with Drying Slip, 1972, Jim Melchert; photographs by Mieke Hille

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