28 March 2017

PAJ Publications announces new titles in Performance Ideas Series

AICA-USA member Bonnie Marranca, Editor and Publisher of PAJ Publications, announces three new titles in its Performance Ideas Series. PAJ Publications extends its long-standing editorial commitment to bringing together the histories of performance in theater and in visual arts. Pocket-size, inexpensive volumes explore performance that crosses boundaries of all live art forms and media.

art is (Speaking Portraits) by George Quasha

"As these spontaneous meditations draw you in, they illuminate the aesthetic in startling ways to show art's connection to society, culture, and the very possibility of being an individual fully present in our moment. An indispensable collection." - Carter Ratcliff, Contributing Editor, Art in America. Seventy artists engaged in art as performance offer their views on what art is in these intimate portraits, accompanied by single-frame images on facing pages. Included: Joan Jonas, Pauline Oliveros, Marina Abramović, Carolee Schneemann, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Jonah Bokaer, Robert Ashley, Thurston Moore, Gary Hill, Vito Acconci, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Ann Hamilton, and many more. Features performers, poets, composers, musicians, writers across generations and cultures. George Quasha, artist/poet/musician, is a Guggenheim Fellow whose twenty books include Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance, An Art of Limina, and Glossodelia Attract (preverbs).

Conversations with Meredith Monk by Bonnie Marranca

A richly detailed portrait of the internationally renowned composer, performer, director, and filmmaker, who has helped to shape the new vocabularies of contemporary performance. Monk offers fascinating insights into how she works, the questions she asks herself as an artist, and the deeply held personal views of art practice as spiritual practice. Bonnie Marranca is founding publisher and editor of Publications and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. She is the author of Performance Histories, Ecologies of Theatre, and Theatrewritings.

newARTtheatre by Paul David Young

Dialogues with artists focus on the turn by visual artists to the processes and practices associated with theatre, such as the use of actors, dramatic text, and rehearsal techniques. Artists featured: Pablo Helguera, Liz Magic Laser, David Levine, Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller, Michael Smith, John Jesurun, John Kelly, William Leavitt, Joe Scanlan, Elisabeth Subrin, Gerard Byrne, Alix Pearlstein, Ohad Meromi, Xaviera Simmons. Paul David Young has written for Hyperallergic, Art in America, PAJ, and Bomb.

PAJ has a homepage at MIT Press and is on Facebook. To order, click on the linked titles above or see the entire PAJ Publications catalogue at the Theater Communications Group bookstore.

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