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Chicago, Illinois 60610
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The Documentation of Performance, Book Launch and Talk
David J Getsy and Yelena Kalinsky
Dec 05, 2012 (6pm)

David Getsy and Yelena Kalinsky will present a pair of illustrated talks on the documentation of performance, particularly as it relates to temporality, participation and memory in the late '60s/early '70s performance work of artist Scott Burton and the ongoing work of Russian conceptual performance group, Collective Actions. This event is a celebration of Getsy's and Kalinsky's respective publications, Scott Burton: Collected Writings on Art and Performance, 1965-1975 and Collective Actions: Audience Recollections from the First Five Years, 1976-1981, both of which were recently published by Chicago-based Soberscove Press. The talks will be followed by a reception in the Madlener House library where signed copies of the publications will be for sale.

David J. Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Educated at Oberlin College and holding a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Getty Foundation, the Kress Foundation, and Dartmouth College. His books include Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture (Yale University Press, 2010) and Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877–1905 (Yale University Press, 2004) as well as the edited anthologies From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth-Century Art (Penn State University Press, 2011) and Sculpture and the Pursuit of a Modern Ideal in Britain, c.1880-1930 (Ashgate, 2004). His research focuses on the history and theory of modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on histories of sculpture and performance.

Yelena Kalinsky is an art historian whose dissertation, Collective Actions: Moscow Conceptualism, Performance, and the Archive, 1976-1989, offers an in-depth art historical treatment of Collective Actions in English. Her translations of Collective Actions' documentary and theoretical writings can be found on-line at Yalinsky was a Fulbright Fellow in Russia and curated Performing the Archive: Collective Actions in the 1970s & 1980s (2008-09) at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, where she also did her doctoral work.

Soberscove Press is a Chicago-based press that publishes art-related material, including artists' books, out-of-print transcripts, and artists' writings.