Online Course – Performance Art: the human body, intimacy and taboo

Kate Barry (left) / Vanessa Dion Fletcher (right)

Performance Art: the human body, intimacy and taboo

Artists and non-artists, we are inviting you to join our new online course, Performance Art: the human body, intimacy and taboo presented through the School of Making Thinking in New York City.

Performance Art: the human body, intimacy and taboo is a Zoom-based online, studio course co-presented by artists Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Kate Barry. It explores body art, performance and practice. Through a series of lectures, workshops, performances and group discussions we explore representations of the body, intimacy, taboo and the menstrual cycle. Through a queer lens we breakdown outmoded ideas around sexuality and gender norms. This course combines real-time activities with online space to create links between both worlds investigating time, space, movement and gesture.

Wednesdays, February 24 – March 24, 7 PM – 9 PM EST (4 PM – 6 PM PST)
This course is open to everyone. Transgender, non-binary and queer folks who are interested in these themes are encouraged to register, as well as artists and non-artists, thinkers as well as makers. Fee: $125 USD. Sliding scale available for BIPOC students (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Contact Millie Kapp at for more information.

Upon registration, students will receive access to online class meetings.


Vanessa Dion Fletcher, 2020

Abrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East side neighborhood.

The School of Making Thinking is an artist-thinker residency program and experimental college founded in 2011 as a federal nonprofit.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Lenape and Potawatomi neurodiverse artist. Her family is from Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiitt (displaced from Lenapehoking) and European settlers. She employs porcupine quills, Wampum belts, and menstrual cycles to reveal the complexities of what defines a body physically and culturally. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with an MFA in performance, and York University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Art. Vanessa is a 2020-2021 Jackman Humanities Institute fellow at the University of Toronto.

Kate Barry is an artist, educator and curator with a concentration in performance art. Barry’s research investigates the performative capacities of the human body through live art,painting and video. She works through themes of subjectivity, queerness, and feminist ancestry focusing on the subject/object binary. She has contributed over 20-years to working in artist-run community spaces committed to the exhibition of artwork outside of the mainstream. Currently, she is a faculty member in Continuing Studies and the Teen’s Institute at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC where she teaches social practice, painting and performance art.

For more information please contact: Kate Barry,