Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Tsuneko Taniuchi

Micro-Event n°20 /How to Become a Good Housewife

Micro-Event n°20 /How to Become a Good Housewife

Tsuneko Taniuchi. Micro-Event n°20 /How to Become a Good Housewife, 1998–2003.

Micro-Event n°20 /How to Become a Good Housewife: "Here, There and Nowhere", Quartier Éphémère, Montreal, 1998; "What is Domestic Art 4?", Traffic Gallery, Ivry-sur-Seine, France, 2003.

I read an article in a English magazine entitled "Allen and Overy" about how to become a good housewife. It was an ironic and airy criticism of some of John Major's slogans, "Back to Basics", "Family Values", which, according to the authors, were directly inspired by a secondary school educational publication from the 50's. The authors quoted a series of blurbs taken from this book relative to domestic economy and absurd caricatured advice based on a superficial conception of conjugal know-how. I used this article as inspiration. I thus gave three lessons, like a professor: "Prepare Your Husband's Dinner Ahead of Time", "Prepare Yourself for Him", "PrepareYour Children" etc... I mimicked the gestures and desired effects of the lesson: "Good Housewife". This performance was video taped and presented during the exhibit.


Performance, domesticity, feminity, tradition, nationalism, ethnicity, identity

Micro-Event n°5 /Nine Female Characters (Ganguro Girl)Micro-Event n°9bis /A Female BoxerMicro-Event n°14 /Future Bride Likes to PaintMicro-Event n°18bis /MarianneMicro-Event n°20 /How to Become a Good HousewifeMicr-Event n°25 /VIP CocktailsMicro-Event n°29 /When I Fall in Love

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