Tina Girouard

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Tina Girouard
DeQuincy, LA
EducationBFA, University of Southwestern Louisiana (1968)
Known forVideo and Performance Art

Tina Girouard (born 1946, DeQuincy, Louisiana) is an American video and performance artist best known for her work and involvement in the SoHo art scene of the 1960s and early 1970s.[1][2]

Life and work[edit]

Girouard studied art at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, graduating with a BFA in 1968.[2] When she moved to New York, Girouard befriended other Louisiana-born artists, including Lynda Benglis, Dickie Landry, and Keith Sonnier.[3] Their work helped establish New York's post-minimalist scene.[3] Although not as widely recognized as some of her contemporaries, she was "an early founding participant of 112 Greene St., FOOD, the Clocktower and PS1, Creative Time, Performance Art and the Fabric Workshop" and "In addition to her own projects she was involved in films, videos and performances by Keith Sonnier, Richard Serra, Lawrence Weiner, Laurie Anderson and the Natural History of the American Dancer, among others".[4] Girouard worked as a designer with the New York theater group, Mabou Mines, in the seventies on several productions including The Red Horse Animation and The B. Beaver Animation.[5] Along with Carol Goodden and Gordon Matta-Clark, Girouard was one of the founders of FOOD, an artist-run restaurant in New York that combined culinary arts with other visual and performance art practices.[6] At FOOD, the acts of cooking and eating were seen as performances.[7] In 1977 Tina Girouard performed with Gerard Murrell as part of the performance program of documenta 6.[8]

For her contribution to the 1981 exhibition Other Realities: Installations for Performance at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Girouard lead a ten-day workshop with local students and then turned material generated during the workshop into the basis for a performance. The remnants of the performance, including costumes, sets, and props, were then exhibited as an installation.[9] Girouard's work was featured in a solo exhibition curated by Susan Rothenberg at CUE Art Foundation in 2004.[4] More recently it was shown as part of 112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970-1974) curated by Jessamyn Fiore at David Zwirner Gallery in New York in 2011,[10] and included in the related publication of the same title.[11] Fiore also curated Gordon Matta-Clark, Suzanne Harris, and Tina Girouard: The 112 Greene Street Years Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago in 2013.

In 2013 Girouard participated in the tribute to FOOD organized by Frieze New York.[12]


  1. ^ "Tina Girouard". CUE Art Foundation. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  2. ^ a b Heller, Jules G. and Nancy (2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. London: Routledge.
  3. ^ a b "Patterns and Prototypes: Paintings and mixed-media by Tina Girouard and Robert Gordy". Gambit: Best of New Orleans. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Tina Girouard — CUE Art". Cueartfoundation.org. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  5. ^ Fischer, Iris Smith (2011). MABOU MINES Making Avant-Garde Theater in the 1970s. Ann Arbor: University of MIchigan Press. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  6. ^ Waxman, Lori (2008). "The Banquet Years: FOOD, A SoHo Restaurant". Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. 8 (4): 24–33. doi:10.1525/gfc.2008.8.4.24.
  7. ^ Kennedy, Randy. "When Meals Played the Muse". New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  8. ^ https://artfacts.net/artist/tina-girouard/157974
  9. ^ "Other Realities: Installations for Performance". Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "533 Rear Gallery" (PDF). DavidZwirner.com. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  11. ^ "112 Greene Street ARTBOOK | D.A.P. Catalog Radius Books/David Zwirner 2012". Artbook.com. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  12. ^ Frieze Masters. "FOOD 1971/2013: Sunday". Frieze Art Fair New York. Retrieved 2014-02-02.

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