The Return of Chicken Woman:

Linda Mary Montano Flies Home

Thursday, Oct 1st – Friday, October 2nd

Legendary feminist performance artist and University of Wisconsin-Madison alum Linda Mary Montano returns to Madison for an interactive artist talk, workshop, and performance. Montano’s first major performance Chicken Woman (1972) was based on her MFA sculpture show The Chicken Show (1969) in the Art Department at UW-Madison. She went on to become a major pioneer in living sculpture and life/art performance. Returning to her roots, Montano will now present a new site-specific Chicken Woman performance based upon her early work.



Workshop: Thursday, October 1st, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

RSVP required; email art.scholarship.mellon@gmail.com to RSVP

12:00-1:00:  A one-hour exploration of methods to empty out nightly news mind and appreciate an alternative consciousness. Wear loose clothing, and dress in all one color if you wish or come as a chicken. Bring something to lie down on.
1:00-2:00: Walk & bawkkk with Chicken Woman to the Agriculture Department. Maybe we will see the chickens.


Artist Talk: Thursday, October 1st, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Lecture Hall, 227 State Street

Featuring Ron Kean, Poultry Specialist
Reception will follow
In 1969, for my MFA, I showed 9 chickens in 3 large chicken wire sculpture-cages on the roof of the new Humanities Building. For my show I also rode around Madison with chicken sounds coming from my car loudspeaker and installed chicken sounds on my phone’s answering machine. Why chickens: because I spent more time with them on campus than I did in “school” while I was a grad student at UW-Madison. Bawkkkkkkkk, bawkkkkkkkk.


Durational Performance: Friday, October 2nd, 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Curatorial Lab, Art History Department, Elvehjem Building, 800 University Ave, North Entrance, 1st Floor

You may drop in and out at any time.
Come and visit with Chicken Woman. Ask any question about your art or life.  Receive a chicken drawing. 

Please come dressed like a chicken or wear one color chakra/rainbow clothes to all events if you wish.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information visit artandscholarship.wordpress.com.

This programming is presented by the Art + Scholarship Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshop in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Co-sponsored by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and UW-Madison Art Department, Art History Department, Center for Visual Cultures, DesignLab, English Department, and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies.

Linda Mary Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging, and she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London. She is also the author of the books Letters From Linda M. Montano (Routledge, 2005) and Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties (University of California Press, 2000), and the subject of the book Linda Mary Montano: You Too Are a Performance Artist (SITE Santa Fe, 2013). See more at http://www.lindamontano.com.

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