This course will explore the evolution and wide variety of performance art forms in a studio situation. Each week the work of artists who use performance in different ways will be presented, and the following week students will respond with their own short performances, leading up to a “Fluxus-style” group performance in front of a live audience at the end of the course. We will begin by examining the difference between performance art and theater through studying the work of Marina Abromovic, the first performance artist to have a retrospective of her work at MoMA (2010). We will then investigate a variety of artists who used performance as a way to develop radical new forms in traditional art practice (Nauman, Acconci, Kelly, Beuys, Jonas, Paik, Wilke). Some of the other areas we will look at are: performance art as a bridge between different forms (Acconci, Ono, Paik, etc); performance using sound as a medium (Fox, Beuys, Heyward, Marioni); collaborative works (Cage, Raushenberg, Kapprow, Abromovich/Ulay, Oldenberg); the importance of feminist works in performance (Wilke, Jonas, Antin, Finley); contemporary performance artists and how they differ from the pioneers (Ei Arkawa, Rikrit, Ramirez). The goal of this course is to expand students’ work in their chosen fields.