linda mary montano

About the Artist

Linda Mary Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London.

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View of “Linda Mary Montano: Always
 
Creative.”
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ARTFORUM: 500 WORDS

IT WOULD TAKE pages to remember and unravel my past traumas: near death from anorexia, PTSD, the Catholic Church’s failings . . . but needless to say, my art cured and continues to heal my life.

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PROJECT ARCHIVE

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7 YEARS OF LIVING ART + ANOTHER 7 YEARS OF LIVING ART = 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART

This Robert J. Shiffler Archive Project, documents Linda M. Montano’s life/art performance 7 YEARS OF LIVING ART + ANOTHER 7 YEARS OF LIVING ART = 14 YEARS OF LIVING ART. The project includes illustrated narratives by the artist as well as, photographic and multimedia documentation about the performance.

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LMM BLOG
  • : PERFORMANCE-LECTURE IN POLAND 2013

    PERFORMANCE IN POLAND  2013 NOVEMBER, LAZNI CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARThttp://www.popler.tv/cswlaznia/64107#64107

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  • ART FOR THE POLE A ONE YEAR POP UP GALLERY ON A TELEPHONE POLE

    ART  FOR THE POLE: CURATED BY LINDA MARY MONTANO AND DIANE DWYER

    Imogen Holloway Plus
    Linda Mary Montano and Imogen Holloway Gallery proudly present
    Art For The Pole(HOW TO MAKE ART OF AN UNHAPPY LIFE INCIDENT)
    The Art/Life Institute & Transfiguration Hospital, 9 John Street, Saugerties, NY
    “In front of The Art/Life Institute & Transfiguration Hospital is a pole, designed by CENTRAL HUDSON, a company committed to excellence and environmental beautification. Since the upgraded and replaced new pole is so much closer to my home, bigger and more tumescent than the one there previously, I thought it would be fabulous if we celebrated it’s unwanted erection with an aesthetic intervention. And maybe when I sell this home my family owned since 1947 the new owners might even carry on the tradition of making ART OF AN UNHAPPY LIFE INCIDENT, thereby assuaging the vagaries of re-sale value and defaced nature? Diane Dwyer of Imogen Holloway Gallery  and I will gather your concepts for beautification and conceptual distraction.”
    –Linda Mary Montano

    SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED CONTINUALLY. THERE IS NO DEADLINE. Click HERE for details.

    BASHA RUTH NELSON  November, 2014

    JOSEPH CONRAD-FERM  October, 2014

    ELISA PRITZKER  September, 2014
    “Immersed in the countryside life, I experience the human aspects of nature.”

    LAURA  KOPCZAK  August, 2014

    MAGGIE GREEN  July, 2014

    TIM LITZMANN  June, 2014
    Untitled Palindrome 2014

    CHRISTINA TENAGLIA  May, 2014
    Untitled Pole Dangle (a conversation)
    A dangle with colors based on my first conversation with Linda Montano, Saugerties, NY, Fall 2013. Most of the colors will wash away in the rain, some will not.

    LYNN HERRING  April, 2014    
    Poleformance  Click here for video of the performance.

    ANGELA GAFFNEY SMITH    March, 2014 
    “These mother and child linocuts are part of a series I have been working on for three years.  Marbles in twenty pockets represent the lives of children killed in Newtown, Ct.  We can’t forget them.  The top border holds broken crayons, a symbol of childhood lost and broken families.  All these elements are sewn together in a protective screening, which is what we need when it comes to the sale of firearms in this country.” –Angela Gaffney Smith

    MICHAEL NELSON   February, 2014These photos were taken in Rankin Inlet, Nunavuut, while on assignment photographing Inuit Art. With the protruding telephone poles against the arctic sky, they seem appropriate for the ‘telephone pole project on John st’. Throw in the arctic vortex that has come our way in the last month, it’s also a friendly reminder of where our neighbors from the North live.” –Michael Nelson

    ELIN MENZIES   January, 2014
    “Every spring I paint these same flowers, irises, poppies, peonies and spider wort. It is an annual ritual that fits the ephemeral nature of Art For the Pole. The flowers are old friends that appear for a short while and have to leave but bring joy while they’re around. I hope the pictures of them on the pole do the same.”
    –Elin Menzies

                 

              

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            Imogen Holloway Plus
            Linda Mary Montano and Imogen Holloway Gallery proudly present
            Art For The Pole(HOW TO MAKE ART OF AN UNHAPPY LIFE INCIDENT)
            The Art/Life Institute & Transfiguration Hospital, 9 John Street, Saugerties, NY
            “In front of The Art/Life Institute & Transfiguration Hospital is a pole, designed by CENTRAL HUDSON, a company committed to excellence and environmental beautification. Since the upgraded and replaced new pole is so much closer to my home, bigger and more tumescent than the one there previously, I thought it would be fabulous if we celebrated it’s unwanted erection with an aesthetic intervention. And maybe when I sell this home my family owned since 1947 the new owners might even carry on the tradition of making ART OF AN UNHAPPY LIFE INCIDENT, thereby assuaging the vagaries of re-sale value and defaced nature? Diane Dwyer of Imogen Holloway Gallery  and I will gather your concepts for beautification and conceptual distraction.”
            –Linda Mary Montano

            SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED CONTINUALLY. THERE IS NO DEADLINE. Click HERE for details.

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          Seven Years of Living Art – Maida Barbour
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