Remains of the Body
Artist Talk with Marta Jovanovic,
Moderated by Claudia Calirman
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7pm
Free and open to the public
This panel will discuss issues related to the body
of the artist in the aftermath of the performance. Much has been said about the difficulty of
preserving performance, an ephemeral medium that resists being transformed into a lasting and
permanent form. But what about the performer’s body: Can it be suspended in time forever? Can we
prevent its aging and ultimately decaying or delay its inevitable mortality? The panel is in
conjunction with the exhibition It is My Body by Belgrade-born artist Marta Jovanović on view at
Location One. Panelists are Rebecca Schneider, Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts
and Performance Studies at Brown University, Kathy Battista, Director of Contemporary Art at
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, and artist Marta Jovanović. It will be moderated by Claudia
Calirman, Chief Curator at Location One.
Rebecca Schneider is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and
Performance Studies at Brown University. She is also an affiliate Professor in the Department of the
History of Art and Architecture at Brown. She is the author of The Explicit Body in Performance,
l997, and Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reenactment, 2011. She is co-editor
of Re:Direction, an anthology on 20th-century Western directing theories and practices and the
author of numerous essays on performance and visual culture including “Solo Solo Solo,” “Hello
Dolly Well Hello Dolly: The Double and Its Theatre,” and “What I Can’t Recall.” Among other
editorial associations, she is a Consortium Editor of TDR: A Journal of Performance Studies.
Kathy Battista is Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art,
New York and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design and Media at the
Winchester School of Art University of Southampton. She is author of Re-negotiating the Body:
Feminist Artists in 1970s London (IB Tauris, 2012) and the forthcoming New York NewWave (IB Tauris
2014). She is also coauthor of Art New York (ellipsis, 2000) and Recent Architecture in The
Netherlands (ellipsis, 1998). Her essays have appeared in the following edited collections: Ladies
and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender (Temple University Press, 2009); Arcade: Artists and
Placemaking (Black Dog, 2006); Surface Tension: Supplement 1 (errant bodies, 2006) and Surface
Tension: Problematics of Site (errant bodies, 2003); as well as many exhibition catalogues. Kathy is
a regular contributor to the journals Art Monthly, Art Untitled, The Brooklyn Rail and RES Art World
as well as Phaidon’s Agenda.
Marta Jovanović has received her BA from Tulane University in 2001 after attending Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence. She has exhibited in venues such as the Museo Pietro Canonica and Museo della Civiltà Romana in Rome and at Location One.
Claudia Calirman is the Chief Curator of Location One. She is Assistant Professor of Art History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, and the author of Brazilian Art under Dictatorship: Antonio Manuel, Artur Barrio, and Cildo Meireles (Duke University Press, 2012).
Location One is extremely grateful to The NY State Council on
the Arts and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.