Performance Art

My First Time

I Tie People in Knots For Erotic Theater

Gestalta is a performance artist specializing in shibari, the Japanese art of erotic rope-tying. She explains why shibari is all about the power exchange between rigger and model.
The Privacy and Perception Issue

Photos that Show How Real Life Isn't Always What It Seems

Photographer Signe Pierce uses her body and photography to demonstrate how anything can be manipulated.
Signe Pierce

How the Socialist Feminists of WITCH Use Magic to Fight Capitalism

The first incarnation of WITCH performed their inaugural action—a hex on Wall Street—on Halloween in 1968. Now a new generation of witches is taking up the mantle from the infamous provocateurs.
Gabby Bess

Wedding Photos of the Lesbian Couple Getting Married in 24 Countries

As part of a performance art piece, Fleur Pierets and Julian P. Boom are getting married in every country where same-sex marriage is legal. Broadly joined the couple at their first wedding in New York, where they kicked off their 18-month project.
Leila Ettachfini

Exploring Black Women's Sexuality and BDSM in NYC's Oldest Dungeon

The one-night-only art installation and performance "Sexual Fragments Absent" transformed Manhattan's oldest dungeon with emoji videos, disturbingly beautiful sculptures, and interactive play performances.
Larissa Pham

'The Wackiest Eviction of All Time': The Last Days of Manhattan's Troll Museum

This week, Lower East Side artist Reverend Jen Miller was kicked out of the rent-controlled apartment where she has lived and exhibited a beloved collection of troll dolls for years. We were with Reverend Jen as she and her friends packed up and said...
Jenna Marotta

Stripping Down and Squirting Ketchup with a Nude Performance Artist

Deborah de Robertis has been arrested for her controversial performances in front of famous works of art as a comment on the sexualization of women's bodies. We followed the Luxembourg artist as she prepared for—and pulled off—her latest stunt.
Joshua Surtees

To Honor Mom, Artist Will Stop at Nothing to Make Thousands of PB&J Sandwiches

Over five days, Jessica Olah is making 2,340 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as an "exercise in empathy" with her mother, who prepared her daughter a bag lunch every day until she went to college.
Lauren Oyler

Nude Performance Artist Deborah de Robertis on Scandalizing the Art World

The Luxembourg artist was arrested and jailed for two days after stripping off in front of Manet's "Olympia" at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. We spoke to her about feminist protest, public outrage, and the art of getting naked in public.
Joshua Surtees
Performance Art

Summoning Celtic Goddesses on a Remote Scottish Island

We joined Edinburgh-based artist and composer Hanna Tuulikki to pay tribute to a forgotten matriarchal society, only just discovered by archaeologists.
Amy Liptrot
muff stuff

A Cult Performance Artist Talks Male Slaves and Locking Up Penises

Sheree Rose has been playing with ideas of feminism and dominance since she found her cutting fetish—and love—in the Los Angeles punk scene of the 1970s. We talked to the cult icon about her religious upbringing, being a "mean mommy," and what she...
Mish Barber Way

What Happens When a Turner Prize–Nominated Artist Leads an Insanity Workout

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's performance art take on the fitness craze leaves no room for hangovers.
Zing Tsjeng