Linda Mary Montano
Linda Mary Montano’s book 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART has just gone to press in time for the New Year! This 220-page portable archive published by C.X. Silver Gallery Press in Brattleboro, Vermont, features Montano’s journal writings during 1984-1998, 18 of her ecstatic tantric tales, 52 of her drawings, 119 photo documents related to her performances, 13 essays and interviews by art historians, curators and writers. Via Montano’s instructions, an Art/Life recipe for the reader to practice making life a work of art. Preview and purchase the book at magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522.
More information: Exploring and dissolving the boundaries between art and life, Linda Mary Montano, a pioneer feminist performance artist, investigates the art/life relationship through intricate ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. She is interested in the way artistic ritual, staged as individual actions/interactions or collaborative workshops, can be used to alter and transform the birth story. The book, Linda Mary Montano: 14 Years of Living Art documents Linda’s exploration during 1984-1998. Each year focused on the energies and attributes of one of the seven chakras. At that time, she lived at The Art/Life Institute in Kingston, NY and now lives at The Art/Life Institute and Transfiguration Hospital in Saugerties, NY. During the first seven years of 14 Years of Living Art, Montano performed Art/Life Counseling with the public in a seven-year room-installation at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York curated by Marcia Tucker. For Another 7 Years of Living Art, 1991-1998, Montano donated herself as a Living Sculpture to the United Nations/Chagall Chapel.
Linda Mary Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London. Linda is interested in the way artistic ritual, often staged as individual interactions or collaborative workshops, can be used to alter and enhance a person’s life and to create the opportunity for focus on spiritual energy states, silence and the cessation of art/life boundaries.
Weekend Art/Life Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont, in and near C.X. Silver Gallery.
Participatory/Performance Art, November 5th and 6th, 2016 · Communal Cooking Lessons · Workshops · Training · Conversation as Art · It was a weekend of activities with performance artists Linda Montano, Nye Ffarrabas, and Cai Xi. Linda Montano and Nye Ffarrabas have been exploring and dissolving the boundaries between art and life for six decades each. Cai’s art-life journey is now in its fifth decade (caixiart.com). Together they will be presenting art-life audience participation experiences along with Cai’s art-as-food-as-art. A schedule of activities will be coming soon to include food preparation and communal dining as a performance piece. Another group performance piece will be Tai Chi and Five Animal Qi Gong led by Cai.
It was an Art / Life retreat weekend of activities with performance artists Linda Mary Montano, Nye Ffarrabas, and Cai Xi, Friday evening November 4th through Sunday midday November 6th, 2016 at the C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT with a visit to the Michael S. Currier Center at The Putney School.
Linda Mary Montano and Nye Ffarrabas have been exploring and dissolving the boundaries between art and life for six decades each. Cai‘s art-life journey is now in its fifth decade. Together they will be presenting art / life audience participation experiences along with Cai’s art-as-food-as-art. The schedule of activities includes a variety of group and 1-to-1 performance pieces, individualized training, reiki, intuitive readings, art / life counseling, contemplation, tai chi, qi gong, Five Elements exploration, and food preparation with communal dining as performance pieces.
Schedule of activities for that weekend: [people invited to bring their own blankets]
Friday, 11/4: 6pm: Arrival, C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT. 6-7pm: Light meal provided by Cai. 7-9pm: Sessions – Meditation with Linda; Poetry and Reiki with Nye; Opening the Meridians with Cai.
Saturday, 11/5: All day at C.X. Silver Gallery: 7:30-9am: Breakfast and conversation. 9-10am: Tai chi and Qigong with Cai. 10am-6pm: Sessions: Art/Life Counseling with Linda; Poetry and intuitive readings with Nye; Communal meal and preparation including cooking lessons with Cai. 6-9pm: Buffet, conversation and closure for the day’s activities.
Sunday, 11/6: 7:30-9am: Breakfast/conversation at C.X. Silver Gallery. 9:00-9:30am: Car pool to The Putney School. 9:30am-12pm: Sessions at the Michael S. Currier Center, The Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney, VT: Tai chi and Qigong with Cai · Art/Life Counseling with Linda · Stone activities and reiki with Nye · viewing Cai’s retrospective exhibition · Closure for the weekend’s activities. For further information, contact Adam Silver, 802-257-7898 · firstname.lastname@example.org
There were also concurrent exhibitions of all three artists. That occasion featured an Art/Life exhibition of Linda’s wall-sculptures, installations and archival photographs. A selection from Nye’s 50 years of art pieces, poetry and writings, ‘a walk on the inside’ includes the 50th anniversary of her Egg-Time Event featured in the retrospective’s publication. Cai Xi’s Retrospective 1980-2015 of portraits, landscapes and abstracts was on view nearby at the Michael S. Currier Center, Putney School. At C.X. Silver Gallery, Cai’s installation includes her recent piece on the Chinese Five Elements.