During our trip to the Whitney Museum of art , we explored the exhibit " Rituals of Rented Islands". This exhibit displayed works from the 1970's through the 1980's of artists who took part in New York's performing arts. From this show the three happenings that I chose were Theodora Skipitares " Skysaver", Sylvia Palacios Whitman's " Greenhands" , and the Kipper Kids by Martin Rochus Haselberg and Brian Routh.
In Theodora Skipitares "Skysaver" made in 1981 , was based on Theodora's personal experiences with the mentally insane, and their life through art. In this performance it displays a woman going from scene to scene using different props as means of serenity or peace. This piece identifies socially with the ideas of the mentally ill and how they are portrayed in society as unruly and inhumane. The presented Epherma detracts from my understanding of the piece because the props described in the recording don't match the background of the story given. Getting to see the performance personally would have no sense of sanity of self control. The presented Epherma detracts from my understanding of the piece because the props described in the recording don't match the background of the story given. Getting to see the performance personally would have gave me a better understanding of what was going on because I would be able to see it first hand.
The "Green Hands" by Sylvia Palacios Whitman, during the performance using the green hands Whitman uses the hands as an extension of her own hands. Whitman got the idea from her obsession with morphing and being able to change yourself making it part of you". Based on all her other works the green hands made sense to me because she uses her imagination to enlarge real life objects making it art, making it better. Attending the Green Hands performance would give me a better understanding because it would give me a better understanding of what she was trying to portray of perform with the hands. It would also give me more insight on what her purpose for the hands and why she created them.
Lastly, the "Kipper Kids", Martin Von Haselberg and Brian Routh were a performance duo who created character called Harry Kipper. In their performances the guys would make references to cultural works. One example of this was their performance " The Japanese tea Ceremony", where they painted their faces lile Geisha 's and acted out a tea ceremony from the Japanese culture. The presented Epherma helped me to better understand this piece because it broke down what they were trying to accomplish with their performances. Attending the actual performance might have given me a clearer understanding of why they were trying to portray. enabling me to have a personal
connection or interaction through the experience rather seeing it through a screen.
Each of these three performance have their own sole purpose. Yet all so different they connect in the way that they all cause some type if affect on people wether socially, politically, or culturally. within these categories they all enlighten us on the world of performing arts was like during the 1970's - 1980's era.
" The Kipper Kids"
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"The Green Hands "