Anthology of essays "written between 1971 and 1981, covering performance from the Renaissance to the present, with a focus on the 1970s. The essays offer a wide variety of ideas from the points of view of critics and of the artists themselves. Numerous performance art documented throughout the book as well ..." -- from backside wrapper. Edited by Gregory Battcock and Robert Nickas. With contributions by Attanasio di Felice, RoseLee Goldeberg, Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Ken Friedman, Michael Kirby, Cee S. Brown, François Pluchart, Peter Gorsen, Wayne Enstice, David Shapiro, Herbert Molderings, David Bourdon, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Vito Acconci, Robin White, Chris Burden, Jan Butterfield, Les Levine, Rob la Frenais, Laurie Anderson, and Terry Fox. Includes selected bibliography and index. Printed in black-and-white.