Performance Art Showcase Returns
Carnival-like event ‘Souvenirs’ takes place at MIAD
The event is titled “Souvenirs.” Each performer will offer an actual physical memento
of the experience for visitors to take home. Most will
be free; some will have a small charge to cover costs. The growing number of relic-like artifacts once used as props in live
performances and now installed in major art museums worldwide inspired Loscuito
and Christiansen. What is the relationship
between the leftover object and the time-bound performance? For the
co-producers, a major purpose of the showcase over the years has been to
examine the nature of performance art. They hope the contrast between the
temporal experience and the souvenir will spur visitors to rethink the special
interaction that takes place live between each audience member and performer.
The Performance Art Showcase provides an exciting way
to discover the work of Milwaukee
artists you have never known. I trust
the co-producers. The number of artists and
range of styles this time are greater than ever. It looks
to be a mix of serious and lighthearted works on an array of personal and
political subjects in highly idiosyncratic presentations, just as it should be.
I know only two of the artists. Theresa Columbus, the
endearing former impresario of Milwaukee’s main
performance art venue Darling Hall, returns from Baltimore to perform “The Artist Statement”
about her struggle to compose one. Filmmaker
Joe Reeves, his back to us as he faces a camera, will reveal “the massive
weight of his ego” via his televised face as he supports the screen on his
shoulder for two hours.
Some performances sound genuinely useful. Pinkerton
Xyloma will teach us how to survive without money. Petra Press will create a
sanctuary from maniacs. Robert Hoffman will do penance for whatever reasons we
give him. Kasia and Jason
Drake-Hames will capture group screams in glass jars with lids. You can take one home as a souvenir.
The Performance Art Showcase takes place 7:30 p.m. Sept.22 at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie St. Suggested donation: $5; $3 for students.