In 2011, Clifford Owens asked a group of prominent, intergenerational African American artists for performance scores—written instructions specifying the performer’s actions—which he then performed in situ during a residency at MoMA PS1. Several artists featured in Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art are among those who Owen asked to participate. For this performance, Owens will perform a selection of scores from the larger compendium. Contemporary art often explores powerful issues. This performance contains nudity and may not be appropriate for younger viewers.
Clifford Owens, (b. 1971) a photographer and performance artist, is well known for his interactive, provocative performances. Many of his performances pay homage to the artists working in performance that have been influential to his own practice. In Anthology, Owens creates a series of performances that opens a dialogue between him and other performance artists to create a personal, historical, and collaborative compendium of African American performance art.