Linda Montano

Originally trained as a sculptor, Linda Montano began using video in the 1970s. Attempting to obliterate the distinction between art and life, Montano's artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual discipline. She spent two years in a convent and studied Yoga and Zen. In 1983, Montano and artist Tehching Hsieh were literally tied together for one year in a living performance. Her avowed interest lies in "learning how to live better through life-like artworks," with personal growth evolving out of shared experience, role adoption, and ritual. Exploring a wide range of subjects, from personal transformation and altered consciousness (Primal Scenes, 1980) to hypnosis and eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, 1980), Montano's work from the '70s and early '80s was critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Her early work includes Mitchell's Death (1978), Handcuff with Tom Marioni (1975), and Characters Learning to Talk (1976-78).

Also see:
Linda M. Montano: An Interview

Linda M. Montano's Seven Years of Living Art

Linda M Montano: 14 Years of Living Art

Available Titles by Linda Montano

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Always Creative 2003 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Anorexia Nervosa 1981 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Benares 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Chakraphonics with Jackie Gleason 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
I'm Dying — My Last Performance 2015 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Learning to Talk 1978 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Living Art/Dying Art 2014 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Mitchell's Death 1977 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Linda Montano Videoworks: Volume 1 2017 New Releases, Single Artist Compilations, Compilations order video    add to wish list
My Mother Artist and Teacher 2016 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
On Death and Dying 1982 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Primal Scenes 1980 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Seven Spiritual Lives of Linda M. Montano 1996 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The Seven Stages of Intoxication 1995 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Sharada, Wife of Ramakrishna 1995 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Linda Montano

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