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Looking Ahead and Looking Back

Looking Ahead and Looking Back EDITORIAL Looking Ahead and Looking Back Bonnie Marranca n January PAJ published its 100th issue, celebrating the event with a special theme for the occasion, “Performance New York.” It was a time for us to reflect on thirty-five years of publishing from the vantage point of a vastly different cultural and political landscape than the one we entered at PAJ’s founding, in 1976. In numerous contributions by artists, curators, presenters, and critics representing several generations, and exploring multiple art forms, we focused on central themes such as Belief, Being Contemporary, Performance and Science, and Writing and Performance. Other conversations on working downtown, and on crossovers between theatre and visual art, highlighted important issues on what is at stake today in establishing a career, an institution, or a company outside the mainstream. Portfolios of drawings by several artists are also included the issue. PAJ 100 was also an occasion for us to enhance our Website (www.mitpressjournals .org/paj) with podcasts of several artists speaking their responses to the journal’s main themes, and additional links to the public talks we held at Location One, the SoHo gallery, organized around some of the issue topics. Over the last two years PAJ has http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

Looking Ahead and Looking Back

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2012 Bonnie Marranca
Subject
Editorial
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/PAJJ_e_00087
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EDITORIAL Looking Ahead and Looking Back Bonnie Marranca n January PAJ published its 100th issue, celebrating the event with a special theme for the occasion, “Performance New York.” It was a time for us to reflect on thirty-five years of publishing from the vantage point of a vastly different cultural and political landscape than the one we entered at PAJ’s founding, in 1976. In numerous contributions by artists, curators, presenters, and critics representing several generations, and exploring multiple art forms, we focused on central themes such as Belief, Being Contemporary, Performance and Science, and Writing and Performance. Other conversations on working downtown, and on crossovers between theatre and visual art, highlighted important issues on what is at stake today in establishing a career, an institution, or a company outside the mainstream. Portfolios of drawings by several artists are also included the issue. PAJ 100 was also an occasion for us to enhance our Website (www.mitpressjournals .org/paj) with podcasts of several artists speaking their responses to the journal’s main themes, and additional links to the public talks we held at Location One, the SoHo gallery, organized around some of the issue topics. Over the last two years PAJ has

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2012

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