From the Press Release:
The University Art Gallery began its exploration into the various world of performance art with the influence of Gallery Director, David Antin. From the ornate Fluxus/Big Book exhibition in 1969 to A Decade of Women’s Performance Art in 1982, Antin created a space for artists of the new genre to pave a path of creativity, body exploration, and artistic politics.
Performance is an act of embodied transmission, a gesture that disappears from memory and persists in memory, a vital event and a resonant non-event, the in-between knowledge of “twice-behaved behavior”. It is the core syndrome of the 21st century that cannot stop performing- the complexity of its etymological root parfournir, “to furnish forth”, “to complete”, or “carry out thoroughly” are now caught up with the post-contemporary signals of the all too artificial, with incomplete immaterialities or overly framed affective relationalities. Each of these echoes are at play in the diverse archive and repertoire of a performance art site, the University Art Gallery.
Archive Fever will encompass three arenas of the genre: poetry, performance, and dance. Through each section, Archive Fever calls upon contemporary artists within the Visual Arts Department, Dance and Theatre Department, and the local San Diego/Tijuana circuit to capture these moments of important University Art Gallery history with their own unique interpretation and trajectory. As an archived exhibition is presented, a response will be given by the working artist with an attribution of their current work taking the form of a performance, reading, or dance piece. Similar concerns and expanded notions by these artists will become part of a larger investigation into the history of performance at the University Art Gallery.
This multi-disciplinary event is curated by Ricardo Dominguez of the Visual Arts Department, Yolande Snaith of the Theatre & Dance Department, and Jennifer Moreno of the UAG and Visual Arts Department at the University of California San Diego.
Performance Events will take place every Thursday and Friday night from 6pm-10pm.
Gallery will remain open on Monday and Tuesday’s from 12-5pm for process viewing.
Pop Up Performances to be announced.