Boston-based performance artist Marilyn Arsem is the recipient of the 2015 Maud Morgan Prize for a woman artist who has “demonstrated significant contributions, creativity, and vision to the contemporary arts landscape in Massachusetts.” Arsem is the first performance artist to receive the distinguished award. She has been a fundamental figure in the field of performance art since the late 1970s, and was a faculty member at the SMFA for 27 years. Having performed 180 pieces around the world over the last three decades, she has had an enormous impact on multiple generations of performance artists in Boston and internationally. Join her in conversation with co-curator of the exhibition, Liz Munsell, to learn more about her forthcoming project for the MFA, 100 Ways to Consider Time (on view in the Jeanne and Stokely Towles Gallery, gallery 262, November 11, 2015 - February 19, 2016), as well as performance art today, and to celebrate Arsem on her receipt of the Maud Morgan Prize.
Marilyn Arsem, Adrift, 2013. Durational performance. Photo by Chelsea Coon.