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Frank Moore (performance artist)

Frank Moore
Frank Moore in front of the Art Institute of Chicago 1991 photograph by Linda Mac
Born Frank James Moore
June 25, 1946
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died October 14, 2013(2013-10-14) (aged 67)
Berkeley, California, United States
Nationality American
Known for Performance artist

Frank James Moore (June 25, 1946 – October 14, 2013) was an American performance artist,[1] shaman, poet,[2] essayist,[3] painter, musician[4] and Internet/television personality who experimented in art,[5] performance,[6] ritual,[7] and shamanistic teaching since the late 1960s.

Moore is perhaps most well known as one of the NEA-funded artists targeted by Jesse Helms and the GAO (General Accounting Office) in the early 90s for doing art that was labeled “obscene".[8] Frank Moore was featured in the 1988 cult film Mondo New York, which chronicled the leading performance artists of that period. He is well known for long (5–48 hours) ritualistic performances with audience participation, nudity, and eroticism.[9] But he has also become well known for his influential writings on performance,[3] art,[10] life, and cultural subversion, for his historic influence on the San Francisco Bay Area music and performance scene, and more recently for his performance/video archive on that has been viewed by over 17 million people worldwide.

Moore coined the word, "eroplay" to describe physical play between adults released from the linear goals of sex and orgasm.[11] He explored this, and similar concepts in performance and ritual as a way for people to connect on a deep human level with each other beyond the social and cultural expectations and limitations, and as a way to melt isolation between people.[12]

Moore has been an underground counter-culture hero and artistic inspiration for decades. He was born with cerebral palsy, could not walk or talk, and wrote books, directed plays, directed, acted in and edited films, regularly gave poetry readings, played piano, sang in ensemble music jams, and continued to lead bands in hard core punk clubs up and down the west coast until his death. He also produced a large collection of original oil and digital paintings that have been shown across the United States and in Canada. Moore communicated using a laser-pointer and a board of letters, numbers, and commonly used words.

Performance artist Annie Sprinkle considers Moore one of her teachers,[13] and Moore has performed with a host of performance and punk figures[14] of the underground since the 1970s like Barbara Smith, Linda Sibio, The Feederz, and Dirk Dirksen - The Pope of Punk.

Frank Moore first came to be known in the 1970s as the creator of the popular cabaret show, the Outrageous Beauty Revue. In the 1980s he became one of the United States' foremost performance artists. In 1992 he was voted Best Performance Artist by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In the early 1990s he was targeted by Senator Jesse Helms.[1][15] From 1991 to 1999 Frank Moore published and edited the acclaimed underground zine, The Cherotic (r)Evolutionary.[16]

In addition to his books, Cherotic Magic, Art of a Shaman, Chapped Lap,Skin Passion and numerous other self-published pieces, Frank Moore has been widely published in various art and other periodicals. In artist Pamela Kay Walker's book, Moving Over the Edge, Moore is one of the artists featured as having "greatly impacted me and many people through their artistic expression and their lives."[17]

Frank Moore’s award-winning video works have shown throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in 2001 Moore began producing shows for Berkeley’s public access channel, Berkeley Community Media, Channel 28.[18] His shows continue to play several times each week.

In 2011, Frank launched his online performance and video retrospective on Vimeo. At the same time he created the EROART group featuring videos by eroart artists from all over the world.

Frank Moore's Web of All Possibilities features a growing archive of his audio, video, visual and written work, as well as the work of other artists. He founded Love Underground Visionary Revolution (LUVeR) in 1999, a webstation combining live streaming and on-demand libraries of audio and video programming,[16] described by Moore as a "non-corporate, d.i.y., totally uncensored, noncommercial, nonprofit internet-only communal collective with 24-hour 'live' programming (by amazing people) with 'no-limits' content." LUVeR ran until 2012.

In 2006, Moore announced his candidacy for the 2008 election for President of the United States.[19] He became a qualified write-in candidate in 25 states. His campaign was responsible for reforming the write-in candidate qualifications and procedures in many states. His platform videos are available on YouTube.

Moore also hosted his regular internet show, “Frank Moore’s Shaman’s Den”. Moore describes it as a show that “will arouse, inspire, move, threaten you, not with sound bites, but with a two-hour (usually longer) feast of live streaming video. You might get an in-studio concert of bands from around the world...or poetry reading...or an in-depth conversation about politics, art, music, and LIFE with extremely dangerous people! But then you may see beautiful women naked dancing erotically. You never know, because you are in The Shaman’s Den with Frank Moore.” Video and audio archives of all of these Shaman's Den shows are available online.

Frank Moore died of pneumonia on October 14, 2013.[20] Frank Moore performed regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area up until his death. His students and the people influenced by his life/work continue his vision.


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  • Arts Wire CURRENT Volume#10 No. #34
  • Timeline Of NEA 4 Events - C. Carr
  • The Fiery Furnace: Performance in the '80s, War in the '90s - C. Carr
  • Touching Our Private Parts East Bay Express 1/29/2003
  • Interview with a Presidential Candidate: Frank Moore 7/4/2007
  • Jake McGee's in-depth interview with Frank Moore for Kotori Magazine
  • Hooligan Magazine, November 2010 The Russian magazine's 2010 article about Frank Moore. pg. 80.
  • IMAGINATION: The Art of Transformation - Kelly W. Knox
  • Franklin Furnace and the Spirit of the Avant-Garde - Toni Sant
  • Other articles about & interviews with Frank Moore
  • R.I.P. Frank Moore June 25th 1946 – October 14th 2013: American Hero, Revolutionary Artist, Wounded Healer & Great LUVeR - Dr. Susan Block
  • “We Misfits Are Still Needed”: A Performance Conversation with Frank Moore - Audrey Rubinstein, Adobe Airstream
  • Iconic Bay Area performance artist Frank Moore dies; tribute planned in Oakland - Vince Echavaria, San Francisco Examiner 10/21/13
  • Ensminger, David “Left of the Dial”. PM Press, 2013. pgs. 86, 87 ISBN 978-1604866414
  • Walker, Pamela Kay “Moving Over the Edge: Artists with Disabilities Take the Leap”. Davis, California: Michael Horton Media, 2005. pp. 54–69 ISBN 0-9771505-2-6
  • Cupido magazine, 5/2010 KR79, pgs. 21-25
  • Letterhead, Volume 2, an anthology. pg. 94
  • Art Papers: Contemporary Art in the South East Magazine, Vol. 13, #6, New York City, June 1989
  • Montano, Linda “Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties”. University of California Press, 2000. pg. 105 ISBN 978-0520210226
  • Sprinkle, Annie “Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance (Critical Performances)”. Bloomsbury Academic, 2006. pgs. 4, 124 ISBN 978-0826490698
  • Goldfarb, Alice “Art Lessons: Learning From The Rise And Fall Of Public Arts Funding”. Basic Books, 1996. pg. 214 ISBN 978-0465004386
  • Kick, Russ “Psychotropedia: A Guide to Publications on the Periphery”. Critical Vision, 2002. pgs. 247, 248, 554 ISBN 978-1900486033
  • Brent, Bill (editor) “The Black Book: The Guide for the Erotic Explorer”. Black Books, 1995 & 1996 4th edition. ISBN 978-0963740137
  • Armstrong, RD “On/Off The Beaten Path: The Road Poems” (see “A Journey Up the Coast”). Lummox Press, 1999. ISBN 978-1929878994
  • Carr, C. “On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century”. Wesleyan, 2008. pgs. XXI, 138-140 ISBN 978-0819568885
  • Dubin, S. "Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions". Routledge, 1994. pg.149 ISBN 978-0415908931
  • Kay, Kerwin (editor) “Male Lust: Pleasure, Power, and Transformation”. Routledge, 2000. ISBN 978-1560239826
  • Kaplan, Rachel/Hennessy, Keith (editors) “More Out Than In: Notes on sex, art & community”. Abundant Fuck Publications, 1995. ISBN 978-1881430513
  • Owens, Tuppy “The Safer Sex Maniac's Address Book”. Just for Fun, 1989.
  • Owens, Tuppy “Safer Planet Sex: The Handbook”. A K Pr Distribution, 1994. ISBN 978-1872819112
  • Owens, Tuppy “The Sex Maniac's Bible”. Tuppy Owens, London, 1990. ISBN 978-1872819044
  • Owens, Tuppy “The Safer Sex Maniac's Diary, 20th Anniversary Edition”. Cand Haven Ltd., 1993.
  • Brown, Steven “Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars: Essays on the Journey from Disability Shame to Disability Pride”. iUniverse, Inc., 2003. pgs. 130-133 ISBN 978-0595288939
  • Williams, Michael B./Krezman, Carole Jane (editors) “Beneath The Surface, Creative Expressions of Augmented Communicators, ISAAC Series, Volume 2” PointOne Graphics Inc., 2000. ISBN 978-0968418611
  • Boulware, Jack/Tudor, Silke “Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day”. Penguin Books, 2009. pg. 306 ISBN 978-0143113805

External links

  • Frank Moore at the Internet Movie Database
  • Frank Moore's Web Of All Possibilities
  • Frank Moore's Vimeo Channel
  • Frank Moore's Upcoming Events
  • The Shaman's Cave
  • Frank Moore Events Poster Gallery
  • The Cherotic (r)Evolutionary
  • Frank Moore for President, official campaign site
  • Frank Moore for prez08 platform videos
  • Frank Moore's resume
  • Art Of A Shaman
  • Writings of Frank Moore
  • Frank Moore's Eroart Group on
  • Frank Moore's Shaman's Den archives (video & audio)
  • The Outrageous Beauty Revue

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