Book Launch

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Upper W Side

American Folk Art Museum | 2 Lincoln Square

A book launch for the publication When The Curtain Never Comes Down: Performance Art and the Alter Ego will precede an interview with and concert by Lonnie Holley. Holley, exhibition curator Valérie Rousseau, and other contributors to the publication will be present to sign copies post-performance. To attend the launch, purchase tickets for the Lonnie Holley interview and concert.

This volume documents and contextualizes the work of twenty-seven artists from around the world and active from the late nineteenth century to the present. Their work is infused with daily rituals, public actions, gestures, and enactments, defining a lifelong artistic practice for which the curtain never comes down. Beyond paintings and sculpture, featured artworks include ceremonial clothes, kinetic apparatuses, ephemeral installations, writings, fragments of ever-changing constructions, and other statements that have been captured by photographers and filmmakers. The inventive devices and countless strategies these artists configure are expressions of an alter ego, which they assume for its power to transform the world and, above all, to transform their own connections to reality. The book delves into an underside of self-taught art and art brut, opening a door to the study of the field’s neglected facets.

By Valérie Rousseau, PhD, with a Foreword by Anne-Imelda Radice, PhD, and contributions from Mario del Curto, Beate Echols, Savine Faupin, Gustavo Giacosa, Stefan Hartmaier, Thomas J. Lax, Gianluigi Mangiapane, Martin Mangold, Judith McWillie, Viviane Morin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ricardo Resende, Thomas Röske, Lisa Spindler, and Michel Thévoz. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2015. 136 pages, hardcover, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.