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Clifford Owens

born Baltimore, MD 1971

Anthology (Jennie C. Jones)


color video/sound

Runtime: 1:23

Courtesy of the Artist


"Anthology (Jennie C. Jones)" is from Anthology, an ambitious project that imagines a history of American black performance art that had not previously existed. I solicited performance art scores (text-based and graphical instructions for action) from an inter-generational group of twenty-six American black artists, including Pope L., Jennie C. Jones, Jacolby Satterwhite, Glenn Ligon, Senga Nengudi, Maren Hassinger, and Terry Adkins. In advance of a solo exhibition curated by Christopher Y. Lew at MoMA PS1, I performed selected scores throughout the museum (from the boiler room to the attic) to comprise an exhibition photographs, videos, and audio. Jones' "Score Against Sustained Ideas (Getragen)" is a single-channel video edited for the sounds produced in the live performance; it's not video documentation of a live performance.


Clifford Owens is a transdisciplinary artist. He makes photographs, performance art, works on paper, videos, installations, and texts. His art has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Owens’s solo museum exhibitions include Anthology at MoMA PS1, Better the Rebel You Know at Home in Manchester, England, and Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and group exhibitions of his work include Freestyle, Greater New York 2005, and Performance Now: The First Decade of the New Century. His performance-based projects have been widely presented in museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.