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Postmodern Performance Art as it emerged in the 1970s and 80s could not have existed if it were not for the interdisciplinary dialogue that occurred at the Judson Memorial Church the decade prior. This dialogue was possible due to the church’s community oriented ideals, interest in revitalizing religion, and its adherence to freedom of speech. This allowed for artists in Lower Manhattan to have a free place to meet, practice, and perform without worry of censorship. The conglomeration of ideas and genres that Judson facilitated were key in the development of the interdisciplinary dialogue found in contemporary art, specifically performance based practices. Several of these practices were initially developed by the artist Carolee Schneemann, who was directly involved with the origins of the Judson Group. Throughout the duration of this paper I will be analyzing the emergence of the Judson Gallery, the Judson Dance Theater, and additionally I will be exploring how Schneemann’s involvement with Judson led to postmodern performance art.
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Mote, Kai Ducote, "The Judson Memorial Church and the Birth of Postmodern Performance Art" (2015). Senior Projects Fall 2015. 47.