Holding onto our bodies, our stuff, our identities makes it more difficult to face the final letting go. We will explore cultures that let go of loved ones in aesthetic and satisfying ways via you tube, internet research which will then be presented as performative research in class. We will interview people outside of class, finding their techniques for letting go.
Linda Mary Montano is a performance art whose practices include endurance; blurring the edge between art and life; witnessing the inherent humor of the human situation; death; recognizing the autobiographical need to fix life through art; the aging body; changing the mind; and using Catholic imagery to speak to the mystery of the everyday.
In 1976, Montano began videotaping herself as 7 different mythical personas, and in the last seven years, Montano has dopplegangered real living beings including Mother Teresa, Bob Dylan and the Woodstock rock and roll artist, Paul McMahon. These morphings have allowed her to question the uncertainty of the human ego, the flexibility of shape shifting and the need for the skin-life to be expanded via transformative processes.
Montano’s newest book, YOU TOO ARE A PERFORMANCE ARTIST was published by SITE, SANTA FE where she had a 2013 retrospective of her Chakra endurance: 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART. During those 14 years, she wore one color each year to honor the energy-field of the Chakra while performing other private vows and disciplines. Her once a month visits for 7 years to THE NEW MUSEUM where she read palms/tarot and did ART/LIFE COUNSELING was the public component of this experience. Montano has taught Performance Art internationally and has written four other books about that subject. Her 7 years taking care of her father was her REAL ART.