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SiteWorks: San Francisco performance 1969-85

Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA), 3rd floor, 86 3rd Street

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Bonnie Sherk, Pig Sonata (17th August 1971)

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The pig, who had come from Half Moon Bay, was in the corner of the room, covered up, and no one knew that she was there. It was a very formal piece. I was dressed in an evening gown, and began the performance with an assistant, by emptying brown paper bags filled with earth, into the center of the performance area, making a very large pile. Then I watered down the earth and covered it with different kinds of food. I uncovered a white box that contained the pig and she followed me to this arena and ate the food. At that point I played a tape of pigs eating that I had made at her home. (Burnham and Sherk  1981: 66)