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Interview with Andrea Fraser, Part 1

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you an interview between Bad at Sports contributor  and Art Practical Director Patricia Maloney , UC Berkeley Art Museum Assistant Curator Dena Beard, and the artist Andrea Fraser.

Andrea Fraser. May I Help You?, 1991 (still); performance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Courtesy of the Artist.

Andrea Fraser, who is currently a professor in New Genres at the University of California, Los Angeles, rose to prominence in the 1990s for performances that deliver with humor and irony incisive critiques of the economic, political, and social structures of art world institutions. On July 13, 2012, she performed one of her seminal works, Official Welcome (2001), before a very crowded and fervently attentive audience in the atrium of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the performance’s notoriety derives from the moment in which Fraser undresses and eventually stands nude while continuing to speak. Bad at Sports contributor Patricia Maloney and UC Berkeley Art Museum Assistant Curator Dena Beard had the opportunity to speak with Fraser at length a few days following this performance. Their conversation will be presented in two parts: Part I, published here, delves into Official Welcome in-depth; Part II, to be published on October 23, includes a discussion of language, feminism, and museum architecture. You can listen to the entire conversation podcast as Andrea Fraser: Episode 370, presented by our partner, Bad at Sports.

Full Interview