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American Puppet Modernism: Essays on the Material World in Performance (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History)

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In American Puppet Modernism, Bell reveals how understanding puppetry is integral to understanding the nature of the material world in performance and in turn argues that the material world in performance is integral as a means of communication. Insightfully describing and analyzing different types of object performance from the 1860s to 2007, Bell uses the common focus on material objects in performance to link the worlds of traditional puppetry, mechanized image performance, indigenous rituals, avant-garde theater, political street performance, advertising, Kustom Kulture, art cars, and film and television. American Puppet Modernism shows how modern American culture has developed and revealed itself in the performance of objects and offers a groundbreaking contribution to the history of puppet, mask, and object performance.

Synopsis:

This study analyzes the history of puppet, mask, and performing object theater in the United States over the past 150 years to understand how a peculiarly American mixture of global cultures, commercial theater, modern-art idealism, and mechanical innovation reinvented the ancient art of puppetry.

Synopsis:

In American Puppet Modernism, Bell reveals how understanding puppetry is integral to understanding the nature of the material world in performance and in turn argues that the material world in performance is integral as a means of communication. Insightfully describing and analyzing different types of object performance from the 1860s to 2007, Bell uses the common focus on material objects in performance to link the worlds of traditional puppetry, mechanized image performance, indigenous rituals, avant-garde theater, political street performance, advertising, Kustom Kulture, art cars, and film and television. American Puppet Modernism shows how modern American culture has developed and revealed itself in the performance of objects and offers a groundbreaking contribution to the history of puppet, mask, and object performance.

About the Author

John Bell is a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institutes of Technology and the Director of both the Ballard Institute and the Museum of Puppetry. He is a puppeteer and theatre historian who started his performance as a member of Bread and Puppet Theater and is a founding member of Great Small Works. 

Table of Contents

Introductions

The Sioux War Panorama and American Mythic History

Masks and Shalako Puppets: Anthropology meets Indigenous Mask and Puppet Theater

The Little Theater Movement and the Birth of the American Puppeteer

Jane Heap and the International Theater Exhibition of 1926

Puppets and Propaganda

Identity: Gertrude Stein's Puppet Show

From Sorcery to Science: Remo Bufano and the 1939 World's Fair

American Puppets and Television

Kustom Kulture and Detroit Industrials: Cars as Performing Objects

Landscape and Teeth Masks

ACT-UP and the Puppetista Movement: Reinventing Activist Performance as Object Theater

Mass Media and Motion Capture

Product Details

ISBN:
9781403979810
Author:
Bell, John
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Bell, John Richard
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Masks
Subject:
Art objects
Subject:
Puppets & Puppetry
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Puppet theater -- United States.
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Subject:
American - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 b/w photos
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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This study analyzes the history of puppet, mask, and performing object theater in the United States over the past 150 years to understand how a peculiarly American mixture of global cultures, commercial theater, modern-art idealism, and mechanical innovation reinvented the ancient art of puppetry.
"Synopsis" by ,

In American Puppet Modernism, Bell reveals how understanding puppetry is integral to understanding the nature of the material world in performance and in turn argues that the material world in performance is integral as a means of communication. Insightfully describing and analyzing different types of object performance from the 1860s to 2007, Bell uses the common focus on material objects in performance to link the worlds of traditional puppetry, mechanized image performance, indigenous rituals, avant-garde theater, political street performance, advertising, Kustom Kulture, art cars, and film and television. American Puppet Modernism shows how modern American culture has developed and revealed itself in the performance of objects and offers a groundbreaking contribution to the history of puppet, mask, and object performance.

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