Andrea Fraser. Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

The Performance Program is part of MoMA’s increased focus on the historical as well as the contemporary practice of performance-based art. The ongoing series brings documentation and reenactments of historic performances, thematic group exhibitions, solo presentations, and original performance works to various locations throughout the Museum.

Los Angeles–based artist Andrea Fraser presents Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972 (2012), a performance based on a radio broadcast from 1972 in which four men discussed a variety of issues related to feminism. Fraser transcribed and edited the broadcast and performs as all four participants, re-enacting in her own performance their struggle to experience empathy across the boundaries of gender identity. By voicing and embodying these multiple male perspectives, the performance engages long-standing debates about gender and women's liberation, and in doing so it recalls some of the key concerns of feminist movements past and present. Among these concerns are issues of essentialism, separatism, and the relationship between feminist struggles and other forms of domination, along with questions surrounding the construction, internalization, and reproduction of social norms and identities.

Men on the Line was originally produced by West of Rome, curated by Emi Fontana for the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, and organized by the Getty Research Institute and LA><ART as one of a series of new performances inspired by the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles.

In conjunction with the exhibition Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past