Being Watched. Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s by C. Lambert-Beatty. MIT Press. 2008

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Being Watched. Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s by Carrie Lambert-Beatty. The MIT Press. 2008. In her dance and performanc of the 1960s, Yvonne rainer famously transformed the performing body -stripped it of special techniques and star status, trade its costumes and leotards for T-shirts and sneakers, and asked it to haul mattresses or recite texts rather than leap or spin. Without discounting these innovations, Carrie Lambert-Beatty argues in Being Watched that the crucial site of Rainer's interventions in the 1960s was less the body of the performer than the eye of the viewer -or rather, the body as offered to the eye. Rainer's art, Lambert-Beatty writes, is structured by a pecular tension between the body and its display. 

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