Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 on Twitter

Eleanor Antin during a re-creation of her performance "Before the Revolution" (1979) at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2012. Courtesy Los Angeles Times. © Robert Gauthier. Photograph by Robert Gauthier.

Mark your calendars: As part of the Art21 Blog’s current Flash Points topic on storytelling, artist Eleanor Antin will take over the @Art21 Twitter account to perform a very special reading this Friday, October 26, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST.

Through posts of 140 characters or less, the artist will “read” stanzas of a story from her memoir, Conversations with Stalin, before embarking on four additional performances throughout New York City.

This will be the first time that we have invited anyone—let alone one of our featured artists—to speak through our Twitter account. Likewise, this will be Eleanor Antin’s first-ever “social media” performance. Needless to say, we appreciate your participation and feedback!

To witness Eleanor Antin speak and perform in person is already a unique and special experience; but, to read along with the artist through 140-character posts, a new participatory element is introduced to the concept of a public reading, and the pace and tone of the story itself will come across in a completely different way.

The artist encourages audience participation throughout, and will respond to questions submitted by audience members following the live Twitter “reading.”

From 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST this Friday, follow along with @Art21 and the hashtag #AntinCWS, ask questions, and see what else Eleanor Antin has to say.

Until then, we will welcome any advance questions via Twitter or the comments of this post. A full list of the artist’s New York City performances is below.

Eleanor Antin: Conversations with Stalin
Reading performances

Friday, October 26, 2:00–3:00 p.m., online with Art21 (@art21; #AntinCWS)

Sunday, October 28, 2:30 p.m., at The Jewish Museum

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m., at Columbia University School of the Arts

Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m., at Brooklyn Museum

Friday, November 2, 6:30 p.m., at Whitney Museum of American Art

A closing reception for the artist will be held at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts on November 3, 6:00–8:00 p.m.