Many annoying tropes of performance art can be traced to Andrea Fraser. She introduced the language of late-night talk-show publicity stunts to the lexicon of visual art with “Museum Highlights,” a 1989 performance in which she pretended to be a tour guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For 2001’s “Official Welcome,” Fraser gave a talk for the MICA Foundation, rattling off officious platitudes while gradually disrobing. When she had sex with an art collector for a reported $20,000 as a performance in 2003, Fraser crossed a line whose meaning she has long tried to blur. Fraser has always courted controversy, and with each successive performance, raised the bar for shocking art while also diminishing its currency. Here is a reflective piece from Fraser: At the Corcoran, the artist will reenact a 1972 broadcast about feminism. The original “Men on the Line, KPFK” piece interviewed four men on their feelings about the feminist movement; Fraser will read those transcripts, performing all four parts and, for once, recount someone else’s vision of a concept that used to shock people but really shouldn’t have.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $6–$18. (202) 639-1700. corcoran.org.