RoseLee Goldberg, world authority on performance art, will be giving GIPCA’s Great Texts / Big Questions lecture on 11 March.
Goldberg’s illustrious career – as art historian, critic, curator and author – has spanned almost three decades and has helped shape the public’s view of live performance as a visual art form. Her book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present was first published in 1979 and pioneered the study of performance art; even today it is considered a definitive text on the topic. Career highlights include directorship of the Royal College of Art Gallery, London and curator of exhibitions at The Kitchen, New York, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Guggenheim. A graduate of Wits University and the Courtauld Institute of Art (London University), Goldberg has taught at New York University since 1987 and lectured extensively – at Yale, Princeton and Tate Modern among others. Born and bred in Durban, Goldberg has lived and worked predominantly in the USA, and is currently visiting South Africa as a judge for Spier Contemporary.
Committed to initiating new directions in visual art performance and to providing a framework for its history and reception, Goldberg founded Performa (www.performa-arts.org), New York in 2004. A multidisciplinary non-profit arts organization Performa is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.
Rob Baum, Director of GIPCA, is thrilled to be hosting a speaker of Goldberg’s stature, “Performance art is a discursive arts practice that descends from early 20th Century anti-art models. It is an overt and interactive form, one that is politically vocal and publicly accessible and can change the way people perceive the world,” she said.