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Long Suffering: American Endurance Art as Prophetic Witness

Long Suffering: American Endurance Art as Prophetic Witness Review by Ashley Marinaccio BOOK REVIEWED: Karen Gonzalez Rice, Long Suffering: American Endurance Art as Prophetic Witness. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2016. n Long Suffering: American Endurance Art as Prophetic Witness, Karen Gonzalez Rice connects endurance art to American traditions steeped in Judeo-Christian religion, evangelization, and socio-political activism. Through analyzing the work of endurance artists including Linda Montano, Ron Athey, and John Duncan, she historicizes the work of these artists, focusing on the impetus behind artistic creation and the impact the performances have had on audiences. She argues, “Through the intersubjectivity of testimony, endurance art constitutes witnessing publics, bringing together communities whose relations are still yet undetermined.” Gonzalez Rice explores the influence of each artist’s personal histories, including extensive archival research and interviews. She begins with Linda Montano who, during her Catholic upbringing, observed that achieving sainthood within the Catholic Church demanded violence, and often involved assault, mutilation, and murder. By looking at Montano’s performances through the frame of religion, Gonzalez Rice argues that witnesses can better understand how early childhood trauma experienced during oppressive religious rituals informs all aspects of adult life. Similarly, in her second case study, she considers how Ron Athey’s perspectives http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2017 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/PAJJ_r_00373
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Abstract

Review by Ashley Marinaccio BOOK REVIEWED: Karen Gonzalez Rice, Long Suffering: American Endurance Art as Prophetic Witness. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2016. n Long Suffering: American Endurance Art as Prophetic Witness, Karen Gonzalez Rice connects endurance art to American traditions steeped in Judeo-Christian religion, evangelization, and socio-political activism. Through analyzing the work of endurance artists including Linda Montano, Ron Athey, and John Duncan, she historicizes the work of these artists, focusing on the impetus behind artistic creation and the impact the performances have had on audiences. She argues, “Through the intersubjectivity of testimony, endurance art constitutes witnessing publics, bringing together communities whose relations are still yet undetermined.” Gonzalez Rice explores the influence of each artist’s personal histories, including extensive archival research and interviews. She begins with Linda Montano who, during her Catholic upbringing, observed that achieving sainthood within the Catholic Church demanded violence, and often involved assault, mutilation, and murder. By looking at Montano’s performances through the frame of religion, Gonzalez Rice argues that witnesses can better understand how early childhood trauma experienced during oppressive religious rituals informs all aspects of adult life. Similarly, in her second case study, she considers how Ron Athey’s perspectives

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2017

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