SiteWorks: San Francisco performance 1969-85

Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA), 75 3rd Street, now redeveloped

Bonnie Sherk, Adaqtation and Imbulgence, part two, a narration (20th April 1973)



With this piece I took the idea of indulgence more literally, and created a piece about selfishness, or self-fullness. At that time, in the early Seventies, there was a ot of talk about a certain kind of artist being very self-indulgent, I think you may remember that. Artists can be considered to be very selfish, or self-full, and yet it is a very valid stance in terms of serious investigation. The larger society doesn’t respect or understand that quality. For this particular performance, which I called Adaqtation and Imbulgence, Part Two: A Narration, I performed on a rooftop with different animals. There were pigeons who lived in the environment and there was Your Herress, the rabbit who at that time went everywhere with me. (Sherk and Burnham 1981: 52)