On Archiving Performance

Friday, November 4
Conversation with Glenn Phillips and Karen Moss

12pm - 2pm
Getty Research Institute curator Glenn Phillips and historian, curator and educator Karen Moss will discuss the importance of documenting and archiving performance art and its challenges.


About Karen Moss
Karen Moss is an art historian, curator and educator specializing in conceptual, performance and intermedia art since the 1960s, contemporary art and public practices, and experimental education. Moss is the curatorial consultant for Talking to Action, a multi-platform exhibition of research-based, social practice artists from seven Latin American countries and Los Angeles that is part of the upcoming Getty Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative at Otis’ Ben Maltz Gallery. Moss has curated exhibitions including 15 Minutes of Fame: Photographs from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol (2010); Disorderly Conduct: Recent Art in Tumultuous Times (2009); Art Since the 1960s: California Experiments (2007-2008), and co-curated the 2006 California Biennial. Currently, Moss is Adjunct faculty in the Curatorial Practices and Public Sphere MA Program at University of Southern California and Adjunct Professor/Interim Chair of the Graduate Public Practice MFA program at Otis College of Art and Design. Moss has a BA in studio art and art history from UC Santa Cruz, and received her MA and PhD in art history at University of Southern California.

About Glenn Phillips
Glenn Phillips is a curator specializing in postwar and contemporary art, including video, performance, and other time-based practices. His exhibition California Video won the International Association of Art Critics award for best exhibition of digital media, video, or film in 2008. Phillips' other curatorial projects include Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films; Hirokazu Kosaka: On the Veranda, Evidence of Movement; Reckless Behavior; Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art 1968-88; and Pioneers of Brazilian Video Art 1973-1983; 2002 Whitney Biennial; The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000; Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival as well as exhibition It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-73. Glenn Phillips is Principal Project Specialist and Consulting Curator in the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.*


Beta Main’s first commissioned project, Performance Lessons: Suzanne Lacy Teaches Andrea Bowers Performance Art, centers on the profoundly influential trajectory of performance art in California between 1968-1980, reanimating and contextualizing this rich artistic history through durational performance, conversations with practitioners and theorists and inquiry on politics and pedagogy.

Performance Lessons follows the artists’ durational installation at The Drawing Center in New York in 2014, where Andrea Bowers taught Suzanne Lacy how to draw. Using the practice Lacy was foundational in forming, roles are reversed this time and Lacy teaches Bowers how to do performance art. For ten days, the pair will live in Beta Main while Bowers is assigned lessons, develops performances, and undergoes the formal critique process art students endure as part of their education. The lessons, taught by Lacy and other renowned artists, will be free and open to the public.