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DISBAND performance

DISBAND, an all-female artist band, was active from 1978-1982. Its core members were Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, Ingrid Sischy, Dianne Torr, and Martha Wilson; early members included Barbara Ess, Daile Kaplan, and Barbara Kruger. In their varied roles as visual artists, performance artists, critics, and musicians, all of the members were active in the New York downtown scene. Ilona Granet, Barbara Ess, and Daile Kaplan played in other bands such as Static, the Y Pants, and the Gynecologists. Martha Wilson was the founder of Franklin Furnace, an exhibition and performance space in New York. Ingrid Sischy was editor of Artforum and Interview.

The group gave its first performance in 1978; it went on to hold more than twenty performances in New York, Chicago, Rome, and elsewhere before its dissolution in 1982. In 2008, DISBAND held a reunion performance at PS1, on the occasion of the survey exhibition “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution.”

Further Reading

Peipon, Corrina. “Disband.” In WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, organized by Cornelia Butler and edited by Lisa Gabrielle Mark, 227-228. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007.