Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Richmond

Second Advisor

Dr. Maria Gindhart

Third Advisor

Dr. John Decker


Through description and analysis of the balancing and intersection of gender in the collaborative artist couples of Marina Abramović and Ulay, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, I make evident the separation between their public lives and their private lives, an element that manifests itself in unique and contrasting ways for each couple. I study the link between gendered negotiations in these heterosexual artist couples and this division, and correlate this relationship to the evidence of problematic gender dynamics in the artworks and collaborations.