STRIPPED: Corcoran College of Art + Design Junior to Stage Non-Performance in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art on May 10-11
On May 10th Corcoran College of Art + Design Junior Melissa Ichiuji premiered STRIPPED, a performance exhibition that began January 1, 2005 and will culminate with her sitting on a platform for 36 hours in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art with only a blanket and liquids for hydration.
Ichiuji's exhibition began on January 1, 2005, when she started to wean herself from her various addictions and dependencies. She began with coffee, fast food, television, alcohol, and medication, and later proceeded to quit sugar, meat, processed foods, magazines, music, books, cosmetics, color, cell phone, computers, driving, speaking, and human touch. Towards the end, she will live outside in her yard, in a tent with the bare minimum of necessities needed to survive.
The finale of STRIPPED appeared in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art on the corner of 17th Street and New York Avenue beginning on May 10 and was scheduled to continue through 6 pm May 11, 2005.
Desire, a companion book to this exhibition which documents the project from its beginning on January 1st, 2005, was also be available for viewing.