Barbara Clausen

Barbara Clausen is a curator and an art historian. She is a professor for the history and theory of performance art in the art history department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Clausen writes extensively on performance art and performative curatorial practices and has curated numerous exhibitions, performance series and film programs in Europe and the North America. Since 1997 she has worked at Dia Art Foundation (New York), DeAppel (Amsterdam), and Documenta11 (Kassel) and has curated and co-curated the exhibition and performance series After the Act The (Re)presentation of Performance Art (2005), Wieder und Wider/Again and Against : Performance Appropriated (2006), and Push and Pull (2010/2011) for the MUMOK in Vienna and TATE Modern in London. In 2012 she curated the performance and lecture series “Something to Say, Something to Do” followed by the first retrospective of the french-american filmmaker and artist “Babette Mangolte” in 2013, both at VOX, centre d’art contemporain, in Montréal. She is currently working on a two part exhibition program on identity and institutionalism entitled “Stage Set Stage” at the SBC center for contemporary art in Montrél (opening in November 2013), a project that is part of her continuing her research on the historiography and institutionalization of performative and conceptual practices in the arts.