Jim Weiss, Adjunct faculty
James Weiss is a performance artist, installation artist, and art historian. Weiss studied at Williams College (M.A. 1983) and Yale University (M.A. 1986). He has taught art criticism and art history at Kutztown University since 1997 in the Art Education and Fine Arts departments.
In 1992 Weiss founded faceitdadpictures, a performance company based on the principle of collaboration. Weiss has collaborated with dancers, photographers, writers, theorists, and graphic designers on many performances. He has performed at The Cleveland Performance Art Festival, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Walker Art Center, and Christie's East. His most recent collaborative performance, entitled "The Lost Pittsburgh School," was performed with the Pittsburgh author, Stewart O'Nan, at UnSmoke Art Space in Pittsburgh.
In 1992 Weiss presented his first public performance, entitled "Spring Training," between Richard Serra's "Stacks" at The Yale Art Gallery. Here is an excerpt from "Spring Training":
Baseball is a family game. The pitcher and catcher have a very close relationship, kind of like husband and wife. The pitcher goes to work on the hill; while the catcher stays at home. Pitchers make a lot more money than catchers. The pitcher sweats a lot and wipes his brow. The catcher wears a mask for protection, and so as not to be recognized. The batter is in an Oedipal struggle with the pitcher. If the batter succeeds, and hits the ball fair, he ventures out into the field of play. The field of play is rife with dangers for the batter turned runner, but there are safe havens along the way. His ultimate goal, of course, is to return home.