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Learning the Language of Art w/ Art Muse L.A.: Performance Art

1 hour
$15 per device
Rebecca Belmore, X, 2010
EJ Hill, Excellentia, Mollitia, Victoria, 2018
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What We’ll Do

Have you ever heard the words “performance art” and immediately conjured an image of an excruciatingly long, boring, and incomprehensible event at a gallery or museum? Or have you ever seen performance art and just wondered, “Why is this art?!” You’re not alone, and deciphering performance art is not as difficult or mysterious as it can often seem.

Join visual artist and art lecturer Regina Mamou (Art Muse Los Angeles) as she takes us on a journey to explore the ideas and stories behind important performance works that use the artists’ bodies, environments, and communities. We will start in the mid-20th century to look at earlier artists incorporating performance in their visual art and then view exciting emerging performance artists who are working with important and current societal topics.

Learning the Language of Art – Performance Art Edition is a fun, unpretentious, and participatory show. We will unpack, demystify, and learn to converse about this type of artwork through three “rounds” of tips, games, and group hilarity. If you’ve ever encountered performance art at a museum or gallery that is a head-scratcher, we will break down the artwork’s main ideas while learning performance-specific language and vocabulary to describe and explain it. This is a chance to impress friends and family with your newfound appreciation and understanding of performance art and its history. If you’ve ever felt like art is speaking a secret language, then let us help you speak it too!

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Regina Mamou
Regina Mamou

Regina Mamou is a Los Angeles-based visual artist and art lecturer with a specialization in photography and contemporary art. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Jordan. Regina is a first-generation Iraqi American and a third-generation Polish American. Her background has informed much of her artwork. She is currently the first artist-in-residence at The Wende Museum of the Cold War (Los Angeles, California), where she is working on a project about the relationship between the Middle East and the Soviet Union. Regina has been an art educator and lecturer since 2006. She started her work in museum education at The Art Institute of Chicago, lecturing on a wide variety of art topics and special exhibitions. She also held the role of study leader, a position where she was responsible for extensive research in art for The Art Institute of Chicago’s travel programs to Cuba, Morocco, and Poland. Regina joined the team of Art Muse Los Angeles in 2014 and continues to lead virtual and in-person tours in the Los Angeles area.

What Else You Should Know

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