High Performance Magazine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
High Performance Magazine, Vol 1, No. 4

High Performance was a quarterly arts magazine based out of Los Angeles founded in 1978 and published until 1997. Its editorial mission was to provide support and a critical context for new, innovative and unrecognized work in the arts.[1]

High Performance started out covering exclusively performance art and gradually grew to include video, sound, and public art.[2][3] It dealt with viewing the arts in the larger context of contemporary life, examining how the arts contribute in addressing social and cultural concerns, and also how those concerns impact the arts.[4] In 1994, High Performance received the Alternative Press Award for Cultural Coverage from the Utne Reader, and was nominated three other times for the same award.[5][6]

Editors and publishers[edit]

Linda Frye Burnham served as the magazine's founding editor from 1978 to 1985.[7] Steven Durland was the editor from 1986 until its end in 1997. From 1983 to 1995, High Performance was published by Astro Artz (renamed 18th Street Arts Center in 1988). In July 1995, High Performance was acquired by Art in the Public Interest (API), a new organization formed by Burnham and Durland to research and develop information about artists collaborating with their communities.[8] After a brief hiatus, the magazine renewed publication in early 1996 and published five more issues, but rising costs and an inability to garner needed stabilization funding forced API to cease publication in 1997. In 1999, Burnham and Durland initiated the Community Arts Network on the Web. Much of the content from High Performance is available on that site.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Sorkin, Jenni. "Interview with Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland, Co-Founders, High Performance Magazine". Art Spaces Archive Project. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  2. ^ Quinn, Michelle (August 24, 1992). "A Special Post-Riot Forum for Los Angeles Artists : The arts: 'The Verdict and the Violence,' a compact disc with High Performance magazine, gives a voice to artists like singer Exene Cervenka and poet Roberto Bedoya". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. ^ "High Performance Records (2)". Discogs. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  4. ^ Allen, Gwen L. "Experiments in Print: A Survey of Los Angeles Artists' Magazines from 1955 to 1986". East of Borneo. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  5. ^ "High Performance Magazine". Getty Museum: Pacific Standard Time.
  6. ^ Hoffberg, Judith. "High Performance: The First Five Years". ArtSceneCal. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  7. ^ Burnham, Linda Frye; Durham, Steven. "The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena An Anthology from High Performance Magazine 1978-1998".
  8. ^ Breslauer, Jan (May 30, 1992). "New Doors Opening for Alternative Arts : Stage: Highways, High Performance stay on the cutting edge with the 18th Street Arts Complex". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 December 2016.