Michael Peterson

Spring 2024 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies

Michael Peterson is a performance studies scholar, a performance artist, and a teacher. Peterson’s research includes a critical study of Straight White Male Performance Art Monologues (Mississippi UP). work on performance culture in Las Vegas, and on animals, food, and objects in performance. Michael makes performance works both individually and as part of the collaborative Spatula&Barcode, which specializes in audience-specific relational performance. Since 2008, Spatula&Barcode has produced independent and commissioned works in China, Uruguay, Brazil, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Morocco, Croatia, around the U.S., and for the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.