Date of Defense




First Advisor

Joyce Kubiski, Art

Second Advisor

Dan Connolly, Art

Third Advisor

Dick Keaveny, Art




At the beginning of the 20th century, several new art forms were developing throughout the world. Experiments in form, concept, and media were among the innovations that artists were making. At this time, artists began to incorporate live performances into their work. As these styles simultaneously emerged in Japan, Europe, and the United States, artists used their own bodies as primary material, expressing their artistic goals as a need to "bring art closer to life, in order to increase the experiential immediacy of their work." By 1973, they came to be termed performance art. Carolee Schneemann is a striking member of performance artists who asserts powerful statements through her work. Schneemann's pioneering contributions became a precedent for many feminist artists with her emphasis on Mother Earth Goddess, desire, intermingling bodies through eroticism, flesh as material, has battled gender inequality. The profound impact of her work can be found in later artists.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only