Laugh And Or Cry with Linda Mary Montano for 3 Minutes

October 10, 2020
1-4 pm

Printed Matter / St Marks will be hosting Art/Life Counseling via Laughing/Crying sessions with performance artist Linda Montano October 10th from 1 to 4 pm at our outdoor St Marks table

Montano has practiced these interactive healing sessions for decades, guiding her participants through their Chakras. For this performance, Montano will be available via video call, offering 3 to 5 minutes Art/Life counseling sessions to the public. She will ask one question: “What do you wish to Laugh or Cry about?” And then, “Hold your hand on the Chakra associated with your question. We deserve to feel healed. For 3 minutes we will then faux laugh or cry or cry-laugh together. And be glad we feel healed.”

An extensive collection of Montano’s signed books, postcards, exhibition catalogs, and T-shirts will be available for purchase both at Printed Matter / St Marks and through Printed Matter’s web store. A sign-up sheet with timeslots will be available for the Laughing/Crying sessions at our table.

Linda Mary Montano is a visionary figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work, since the mid 1960s, has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Many of her performances are endurance based, such as Handcuff (1973 with Tom Marioni) where she was physically tied to other artists, and Three Day Blindfold (1974), where she lived for three days blindfolded and had to find her way around. In Art/Life One Year Performance 1983-1984 (Rope Piece), Montano and Tehching Hsieh spent a full year tied together by an 8 foot rope, always in the same room and never allowed to touch. Her 14 Years of Living Art (1984-1998), explored the penances, experiences and intricacies of the seven Chakras.

Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London. You can find her free videos on Youtube.

  1. Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh
    Art/Life One Year Performance Poster [Four Photos, Stamped]
    New York, NY: 1983
  2. Honey Pot Performance
    Ma(s)king Her: Black Feminist Futures
    Chicago, IL: Candor Arts, 2018
  3. Howard N. Fox, Lisa Bloom and Eleanor Antin
    Eleanor Antin : Los Angeles County Museum of Art Catalogue
    Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1999
    size unknown
  4. Douglas Davis
    Fragments for a New Art of the Seventies
    Los Angeles, CA: Pape-Ruddy Associates & Robert Stefanotty, 1975
    600, 100 signed
  5. Nancy Karp
    Emeryville, CA: Nancy Karp and New Arts Foundation, 2019
  6. Eric Bogosian
    In the Dark
    New York, NY: Wedge Press, 1983
  7. Yvonne Rainer
    Yvonne Rainer: Work 1961–73
    New York, NY: Primry Information, 2020
    Out of stock
  8. Tim Maul
    Any Tied Shoe Will Become Untied If Held Upside Down For Long Enough
    Brooklyn, NY: Kayrock Screenprinting, 2014
  9. Lee Lozano
    Language Pieces
    New York, City: The Fruitmarket Gallery and Hauser & Wirth, 2018
  10. Allan Kaprow
    Pose : Carrying Through the City : Sitting Down Here and There : Photographed : Pix Left on Spot : Going On
    New York, NY: Mutliples and Inc., 1970
    size unknown
  11. Allan Kaprow
    New York, NY: D'Arc Press, 1975
    size unknown
  12. Allan Kaprow
    New York, NY: M.L. D'Arc Gallery, 1976
  13. Dépense Défensive
    The Daily Bread
    London, UK: Dépense Défensive, 2018
  14. Marina Abramovic
    Marina Abramovic
    Zagreb, Croatia: Galerija Suvremene Umjetnosti, 1974
    Out of stock
  15. AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs
    Queer Spirits
    New York/Winnipeg/Zurich, USA/Canada/Switzerland: Creative Time, JRP Ringier and Plug-In, 2011
  16. Yoko Ono
    Museum of Modern Art/Yoko Ono-One woman show
    New York, NY: Yoko Ono, 1971
  17. Allan Kaprow
    Some Recent Happenings
    New York, NY: Primary Information, 2007
    Out of stock
  18. Allan Kaprow
    Days Off Calendar
    New York, NY: The Junior Council The Museum of Modern Art, 1970
  19. Eleanor Antin
    100 Boots
    Philadelphia, PA: Running Press, 1999