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Jill Johnston : the disintegration of a critic

Jill Johnston : the disintegration of a critic / edited by Fiona McGovern, Megan Francis Sullivan, Axel Wieder.
  • Bergen : Bergen Kunsthall, [2019]
  • ©2019

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  • McGovern, Fiona
  • Sullivan, Megan Francis
  • Wieder, Axel John
  • Johnston, Jill.
  • Bergen kunsthall, host institution.
222 pages : illustrations, facsimiles; 18 cm
Jill Johnston--cultural critic, auto/biographer, and lesbian icon--began her career at the Village Voice as a critic of dance and performance, writing about Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, the activities at Judson Church, Allan Kaprow and Happenings, Fluxus, and the downtown New York art scene. The column eventually became more personal than critical, allowing her to discuss her life, her sexuality, and her politics. This book brings together thirty texts Johnston wrote for the Voice between 1960 and 1974, beginning with her early dance coverage and continuing though the time when, as she put it, the column moved "from the theatre of dance and happenings toward the theatre of my life." As Johnston abandoned an objective critical standpoint, her column interwove forms and formats, and political, literary, art-historical, and critical perspectives, taking turns and loops, reflecting its time and contexts--with the one constant being Johnston's unmistakable, witty, intimate voice. As a person and as a writer she pioneered a model that not only challenged notions of writerly appropriateness but also performed and created a new lesbian identity. This collection also includes texts by Ingrid Nyeboe, Johnston's long-time partner and spouse; Bruce Hainley; and Jennifer Krasinski. An appendix collects material related to a 1969 panel discussion organized by Johnston (featuring Andy Warhol, Ultra Violet, and Carolee Schneemann, among others) that gives this volume its title: "The Disintegration of a Critic: An Analysis of Jill Johnston."
Alternative Title
Disintegration of a critic
  • Exhibition catalogs.
  • Essays.
  • Catalog of an exhibition held at Bergen Kunsthall from May 23-August 11, 2019.
  • "The book collects thirty texts by Jill Johnston that were initially published in her weekly column for The Village Voice between 1960 and 1974"--Back cover.
Call Number
JFC 19-187
  • 9783956794896
  • 3956794893
Jill Johnston : the disintegration of a critic / edited by Fiona McGovern, Megan Francis Sullivan, Axel Wieder.
Bergen : Bergen Kunsthall, [2019]
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McGovern, Fiona, editor.
Sullivan, Megan Francis, editor.
Wieder, Axel John, editor.
Johnston, Jill. Works. Selections.
Bergen kunsthall, host institution.
Research Call Number
JFC 19-187
*MGYB (Johnston) 20-2
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