Clifford Owens
American, born 1971
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2014
Recess Activities at NADA Miami Beach 2014,
Recess
Recess,
Recess
2011
Clifford Owens: Photographs with an Audience (Miami),
Nina Johnson

Clifford Owens challenges the conventions of art-making through his raw, physically demanding performances, in which he examines and overturns the historically subordinate position of African Americans in the arts and in society in general. Describing his own position as an artist, he states: “I dislike labels in general, but I'm particularly allergic to the ‘performance artist’ label that has been attached to my practice. I'm a trans-disciplinary visual artist working through photography, video, and installation.” His own body, photography, and viewers themselves are integral to his work. Anthology (2011-12), a project based at MoMA PS1 in New York, grew out of his long-held intention to rectify the underrepresentation of African American performance artists. By following instructions solicited from a multigenerational group of black artists and transforming their scores into …

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