Stillness as a Strategy for Political Resistance in the Early Performances of Bonnie Sherk is a 44-page thesis, and symposium lecture by Katy Crocker presented, and published at the California College of the Arts in its first iteration on April 2015.
The report contains a thorough formal, and contextual analysis of an early series of performances by San Francisco-based conceptual artist Bonnie Ora Sherk (b.1945). It investigates the series titled Sitting Still I-III (1970), which included a total of three live performances. Convergent points from art discourse, as well as contemporaneous sociopolitical concerns explicate the motivation of the series, and its cultural significance. Ultimately, the thesis resolves both the political, and poetic interpretations of the series through a detailed examination of the performance action: stillness.
Image credit: Bonnie Ora Sherk, "From the Sitting Still Series II, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco," 1970 (Courtesy of the artist, San Francisco and New York).