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On Edge: Performance At The End Of The Twentieth Century

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Through her engaged and articulate essays in the Village Voice, C. Carr has emerged as the cultural historian of the New York underground and the foremost critic of performance art. On Edge brings together her writings to offer a detailed and insightful history of this vibrant brand of theatre from the late 70s to today. It represents both Carr's analysis as a critic and h ...more
Published (first published January 21st 1994)
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Jeff Jackson
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
These smart, incisive, and probing reviews of the NYC 1980s performance scene seem like dispatches from another lifetime. Cynthia Carr proves an ideal guide to this wild terrain, an adventurous critic with a well-honed bullshit detector. "On Edge" brims with colorful accounts of extreme events featuring The Kipper Kids, GG Allin, Ann Magnuson, Diamanda Galas, the Neoists, and many more. Some names are now forgotten while others like Maria Abramovic, John Jesrun, and Karen Finley were just beginn ...more
Ida
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: art nerds
fantastic. conversational. juicy. informative. fascinating. Assigned reading in my experimental performance history class taught by Keith Hennessy. Need I say more...?
Christine
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Carr has completely changed the way I think and write about performance art during the culture wars and its relationship to race and gender. Absolutely empowering.
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Really in-depth research of the performance art field.
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Now I know what I missed out on when I was in my 20s.
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