Why you should know about her: Vanessa Beecroft is known for her provocative performance art involving the female body, which she has staged in museums and galleries worldwide since 1993. Each piece is tailored as a cultural, political, and social commentary on the place in which it is performed.
In 2008, Beecroft created a performance art installation for the private 808s & Heartbreak album listening party in Los Angeles, where forty nude women stood as the album played in the background. In October 2010, Beecroft art directed Kanye's 34-minute Runaway film.
"A performance is a moment of a lack of communication; it is a miscommunication."