Inducing knowledge by enduring experience [electronic resource] : the function of a postmodern pragmatic aesthetic in Linda Montano's "Living art" /

by Brandenburg, Alisa Anne.; State University., East Tennessee

Abstract (Summary)
In Has Modernism Failed? (1984), Suzi Gablik calls for an art that has preserved the values that modernism lost over the 20th century, stating that only through "direct knowing" may we be shocked out of art-for-arts-sake. In Art As Experience (1934), John Dewey similarly proposes that "thinking is a kind of doing," recommending a pragmatic art in ones drive to better him/herself. Contemporary artist Linda Montano challenges the status quo by exploring and questioning the nature of art beyond its commercial value. In her Living Art performances (1970-1986), Montano creates a postmodern pragmatic aesthetic that is conducive to the unique interchange between knowledge and experience. Using descriptive analysis, this study investigates the functional relationship between postmodernism and pragmatics as an aesthetic in performance art. Particularly, it addresses how Gablik's theory and Dewey's methods combine to form a framework in which Montano creates an art, instrumental to both self and society.
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School:East Tennessee State University

School Location:USA - Tennessee

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:performance art conceptual theory philosophy


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