Marc Arthur is an artist and PhD candidate in the department of Performance Studies at New York University. His research encompasses theatre and dance history, performance studies, feminist and queer theory, and critical race studies. His dissertation, entitled An Imagined Virus: AIDS Performance and Supernatural Subjectivity, argues that artists use performance to restage the AIDS crisis by creating supernatural identities and utopian worlds.
His academic writing and criticism has appeared in edited volumes and journals including Bomb Magazine, Yale’s Theater, the book Viral Dramaturgies: HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century, as well as numerous art catalogues. He has also written extensively for Performa Magazine, where he is a Contributing Editor. From 2011 – 2017 he was the Head of Research and Archives at Performa where he organized touring exhibitions, curated programs, lead interdisciplinary research projects with a wide range of artists, and spearheaded the acquisition of the Performa collection by NYU’s Fales Library. Arthur received his BA in Writing and Literature from California College of the Arts with an emphasis playwriting.
As an artist he has developed a new form of performance that incorporates methods from theatre, dance, painting, sculpture, and new media. His work has been presented at theatres and galleries including the Martha Graham Dance Theater, La MaMa E.T.C., Dixon Place, The Living Theater, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, the Wild Project, University Settlement, and Chashama in New York City; New Langton Arts and David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco; Moyse Theatre at McGill University, Montreal; Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels; the Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice; Universität der Künste, Berlin; and FRISE, Hamburg.
Photo by James Emmerman from Mascot (2013), at the Martha Graham Dance Theater