Andrea Fraser. The Public Life of Art: The Museum. 1988-89

Andrea Fraser The Public Life of Art: The Museum 1988-89

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For almost thirty years, the Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Fraser has been engaged in an ongoing investigation of what we want from art. Combining feminist perspectives on subjectivity and desire with the site-specific and research-based practices that emerged with Conceptual art and institutional critique in the late 1960s, Fraser uses performance, video, and a range of other mediums to explore and critique the motivations that drive artists, art collectors, art dealers, corporate sponsors, museum trustees, and museum visitors. The Public Life of Art: The Museum was filmed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. The video, produced by Terry McCoy, was created in collaboration with New York-based artist and photographer Louise Lawler. The first-ever performance Fraser realized for video, The Public Life of Art: The Museum features the artist discussing the social history of the art museum, from corporate sponsorship to economic social policy.

Gallery label from Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past, September 12, 2012–March 8, 2013.
Medium
Video (color, sound)
Duration
13 min.
Performer
Andrea Fraser
Producer
Terry McCoy
Credit
Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds
Object number
10.2011
Copyright
© 2020 Terry McCoy/McCoy Projects, Inc.
Department
Media and Performance
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