After visiting the extraordinary Marina Abramovic retrospective the previous weekend, I was thrown into a state of nirvana following last Wednesday's Conversations: Among Friends Featuring Sanford Biggers, Lorraine O'Grady and Roselee Goldberg. The New York based artists joined Goldberg, an art critic and founder of Performa, in a conversation about art, their careers, others perceptions, and race.
Highlights included Lorraine's statement about how she was post-black before she was black. She explained that before her current life as an artist, she moved through her studies at Wellesley and the Iowa's Writers' Workshop without limitation. Her experiences in her professional life were similar. However, when entering the New York art world, she was suddenly compartmentalized because of her race. Instead of feeling defeating, she used these roadblocks to feed her work, creating Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, among other work.
Another high point of the evening came when Biggers discussed another way artist are limited by others. Biggers said that as a student, he was once told he had to choose a discipline to focus on regarding his art. Right at that moment, Biggers knew the man "didn't know what he was talking about". The multidisciplinary artist said that "performance is giving sculptural objects a life."
I still have a craving for more so hopefully I can get a break today and make it to P.S.1 before the closing of their performance art retrospective 100 Years.