Odd Spaces Performance Art Event and Panel Discussion launches the MFA’s new performance art program, involving the Boston arts community in a discussion on this new initiative, and the role of performance art in museums today.

The increased presence of performance art at the MFA shifts the relationship between spectators and art to one of social exchange. While performance art often references visual art and art history, it also has a firm grounding in the present, in everyday life, and in human-to-human interactions. Where, then, is performance art’s place in a museum environment? How can performance art expand the ways we experience and define art?

Participating artists Marilyn Arsem, David Levine, John C. Gonzalez, Sandrine Schaefer and Philip Fryer probe these questions by performing in places where art might not typically appear at the MFA. Odd Spaces is imagined as a conversation in which diverse voices resonate across the Museum.

Kate McNamara, Tony Schwensen, David Levine and Sandrine Schaefer will engage in a discussion moderated by assistant curator, Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, Liz Munsell, at 7pm following the performances.


11am-8:30pm, Family Meal by John C. Gonzalez, Garden Cafeteria (Level G) 11am-4pm, & Bravo Resturant (Level 2) 5:30-8:30pm

12-6:30pm, With the Others by Marilyn Arsem, Egyptian Galleries (Level 1)

2-7pm, durance by David Levine, Druker Classroom (159) in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art (Level 1)

4:00-6:30pm, Untitled View by Sandrine Schaefer & Philip Fryer, Shapiro Rotunda (Level 1)

7-8:30pm - Panel Discussion co-presented with Big Red & Shiny, Alfond Auditorium, Art of the Americas Wing (Level G)


Funded by the generous support of The Contemporaries.

Wednesday nights after 4pm, admission is by voluntary contribution. 

Visit the facebook event page for updates the day of the event, and click here for the Odd Spaces brochure.

 Above image: Sandrine Schaefer Ghandi’s Flame, 2012, Photo by Daniel S. DeLuca. All other photos by Shane Godfrey Photography.