- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-9163-6
- Pages: 240
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £80.00
- Published Date: May 2014
- BIC Category: History of art, Architecture: public buildings, ART / Performance, ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Landmarks & Monuments, Art History, Performance art, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), The arts / Art & design styles: from c 1960, Europe, Memorials, Monuments, The arts / Performance art
- Series: Rethinking Art's Histories
'Mechtild Widrich's astonishing and original book connects performance histories, feminist theory and speech act theory to elucidate the "event character" of public art by contemporary artists. Widrich advances a powerful argument about the stakes of spectatorship, temporality and collective memory.'
Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art, University of California, Berkeley
'Rigorously researched and argued, this important book will become required reading not only on the history and theory of performance art but also on the history of the "performative" itself as it has transformed public art and commemoration.'
Kirk Savage, Professor, History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
Introduction: what is a performative monument?