Photographs with an Audience (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), 2009 - Clifford Owens
About the Work
About Photographs with an Audience (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
About the Artist
About Clifford Owens
For his 2011 project Anthology, made during a residency at MoMA PS1, Owens invited twenty-six African American artists spanning multiple generations—including Ben Patterson, Maren Hassinger, Lorraine O'Grady, and Glenn Ligon—to contribute scores, or performance instructions, for Owens to interpret and perform. Owens enacted these scores throughout the institution's building, a former schoolhouse, ultimately displaying the documentation in the form of an exhibition. Conceived as a corrective to the invisibility of African American artists in histories of performance art, the scores ranged from the controversial—a Kara Walker score instructed him to demand sex from an audience member—to the poetic.
In addition to Anthology, Owens was the subject of a solo show at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2011), and has been included in notable group exhibitions such as Freestyle (2001) at the Studio Museum in Harlem, curated by Thelma Golden, and Performa05.
Photographs with an Audience (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), 2009Print
Description2 Polaroids (dye diffusion transfer prints)
DimensionsThis work is a diptych.
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