Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of Americas / Edition 1

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The most comprehensive volume on performance art from the Americas to have appeared in English, Corpus Delecti is a unique collection of historical and critical studies of contemporary Latin performance. Drawing on live art from the 1960s to the present day, these fascinating essays explore the impact of Latin American politics, popular culture and syncretic religions on Latin performance.
Including contributions by artists as well as scholars, Fusco's collection bridges the theory/practice divide and discusses a wide variety of genres. Among them are:
* body art
* carpa
* vaudeville
* staged political protest
* tropicalist musical comedies
* contemporary Venezuelan performance art
* the Chicano Art movement
* queer Latino performance
The essays demonstrate how specific social and historical contexts have shaped Latin American performance. They also show how those factors have affected the choices artists make, and how their work draw upon and respond to their environment.

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Editorial Reviews

Artists and critics explore Latin American performance art through monochrome photographs, scripts, essays, and poetry. The genres they encompass include body art, , vaudeville, staged political protest, tropicalist musical comedies, the Chicano Art Movement, and queer Latino performance. As well as describing works and artists, they explore the specific contexts that have shaped the various genres and Latin American art as a whole. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415194549
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Coco Fusco is a New York based interdisciplinary artist and writer and the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995). She is currently Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations viii
Introduction: Latin American Performance and the Reconquista of Civil Space 1
Part I Heterotopic, Homoerotic, Hyper-Exotic Cabarets
The Melodramatic Seductions of Eva Peron 23
Chicas 2000: an excerpt 41
Exotic Exports: The Myth of the Mulatta 43
She is a Virgin and She Awaits You: an excerpt 55
The Beach is Nice 59
Stuff!: an excerpt 61
Visibility as Strategy: Jesusa Rodriguez's Body in Play 63
Border Brujo 79
Oh Goya! Goya!: an excerpt 81
Camp, Carpa and Cross-Dressing in the Theater of Tito Vasconcelos 83
Memory Performance: Luis Alfaro's "Cuerpo Politizado" 97
The Adventures of Connie Chancla 115
Architectures of Seeing 116
Part II Ritualizing the Body Politic
Henny-Penny Piano Destruction Concert 133
From Inscription to Dissolution: An Essay on Expenditure in the Work of Ana Mendieta 134
The Burden of Guilt 153
Una Cosa es una Cosa (A Thing is a Thing) 155
Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica: A Legacy of Interactivity and Participation for a Telematic Future 156
Todos Mis Muertos (All My Dead Ones) 175
Embodying Venezuela 177
PerforMANcena 193
America the Beautiful 197
Part III Stepping Toward An Oppositional Public Sphere
Sunday, July 25, 1965 201
Margins and Institutions: Performances of the Chilean Avanzada 203
Operations (Work in Progress) Chile-England 219
Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis (The Mares of the Apocalypse): The Equine Lips of Exile 221
The Street and Its Conditions 223
Non-Objective Arts In Mexico 1963-83 225
Orphans of Modernism: The Performance Art of Asco 240
The End of the Line 265
Performance in Cuba in the 1980s: A Personal Testimony 266
Art Attack: The Work of ARTECALLE 275
"1242900 (Parte I)" 283
Electronic Disturbance Theater 285
Index 287
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