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1973 Linda Montano at 800 Chestnut Street

Linda Montano’s May 1973 performance, The Story of My Life in front of SFAI on Chestnut Street. “For three hours…I walked…on a treadmill while telling the story of my life into an amplification system which slightly echoed the sound. I wore a blue prom dress…had dye on my teeth and wore a permanent smiling device on my mouth. A tape recorder hung at my waist and played bird sounds. A green carpet covered the ground. A light was on my face. A family photo album was on a chair.” Montano has been an inspirational visiting faculty member and visiting artist to SFAI students for over 45 years and was scheduled as a Visiting Artist this past March.


A selected bibliography includes:

--Linda Montano, Art in Everyday Life (L.A.: Astro Artz, 1981)

--Linda Montano, Performance Artists Talking in the ‘80s: Sex, Food, Money/Fame, Ritual/Death (Berkeley: UC Press, 2000)

--Letters from Linda Montano (N.Y.: Routledge, 2005)

--Linda Mary Montano: You Too Are a Performance Artist (Santa Fe: SITE, 2013)


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.



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