Ryan McNamara

American, born 1980

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Ryan McNamara

American, born 1980

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“Performance is inherently subversive in that the presenting institution cannot guarantee what is going to happen,” says video and performance artist Ryan McNamara. His comment references a 2010 in-boutique performance commissioned by Louis Vuitton, in which dancers spontaneously licked a signature handbag until it was covered in saliva, wreaking havoc on what was supposed to be a pristine performance. Heavily influenced by the MTV music videos he grew up watching, McNamara is known for situation-specific works involving the participation of viewers, professional dancers, and other artists. In early 2012, "Still", his first solo gallery show, mandated that visitors pose for photos donning unusual costumes and enacting stills from performances, an inversion of the typical artist/performer relationship. In the second phase of the exhibition, he displayed the photographs decoupaged on the objects, backdrops, and costumes used in the performances.

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“Performance is inherently subversive in that the presenting institution cannot guarantee what is going to happen,” says video and performance artist Ryan McNamara. His comment references a 2010 in-boutique performance commissioned by Louis Vuitton, in which dancers spontaneously licked a signature handbag until it was covered in saliva, wreaking havoc on what was supposed to be a pristine performance. Heavily influenced by the MTV music videos he grew up watching, McNamara is known for situation-specific works involving the participation of viewers, professional dancers, and other artists. In early 2012, "Still", his first solo gallery show, mandated that visitors pose for photos donning unusual costumes and enacting stills from performances, an inversion of the typical artist/performer relationship. In the second phase of the exhibition, he displayed the photographs decoupaged on the objects, backdrops, and costumes used in the performances.

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Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York
Articles Featuring Ryan McNamara
How Performance Art Entered the Mainstream
Nov 3rd, 2015
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