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Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Published by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Edited and with introduction by Valerie Cassel Oliver. Foreword by Bill Arning. Text by Yona Backer, Naomi Beckwith, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Tavia Nyong'o, Clifford Owens, and Franklin Sirmans.

Radical Presence chronicles the emergence of black performance practices in contemporary art. Where hegemony has tended to define black performance art as an extension of theater, this publication provides a critical framework for discussing the history of black performance within the visual arts over the last 50 years. More than five decades of performance art practices by such artists as Benjamin Patterson, David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, Adrian Piper, and Ulysses Jenkins are presented along representatives of subsequent generations such as Carrie Mae Weems, William Pope.L, Terry Adkins, Sherman Fleming, Danny Tisdale, Lyle Ashton Harris, Clifford Owens, Kalup Linzy, and Adam Pendleton, among others.

  • Softcover; 9 x 10 inches
  • 144 pages; illustrated
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