LAST UPDATE 2017
All research/records/photos/ephemera is at Linda Mary Montano Archive: Fales NYU Library and Special Papers, Manhattan.
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.
Linda Mary Montano: 14 Years of Living Art
Linda Mary Montano: 14 Years of Living Art is a 220-page portable book-archive featuring: Montano’s journal writings from 1984-1998; 18 of her ecstatic tantric tales; 52 of her drawings; 119 photo documents of her 14 year Chakra performances and 13 essays/interviews by art historians, curators and writers. Montano includes, an Art/Life recipe for the reader so they can also practice making life a work of art.
REVIEW: INTERACTIONARAMA AT THE VORTEX THEATER
Linda Mary Montano’s Mysterium Masterpiece by Honoria Starbuck & Luanne Stovall
When was the last time you sang a song to your pineal gland?
When you walk into Austin’s Vortex theatre you see the stage at floor level. The audience is banked on two sides. You find your seat. The stage is suddenly bathed in violet light, the color of the crown chakra, the color of mourning, of Lent.
As a returning Roman Catholic I have had to re-learn how to pray as I did when a young girl. In re-learning, I wanted to share the wealth with others. Using the seven energy centers as a guide, I formulated seven prayers which were part of a Chakra Retrospective which I had at the University of Southern Maine.
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.
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.