Eleanor Antin is an influential performance and installation artist. She was born in New York City in 1935, received her BA in creative writing and art at City College of New York in 1958, and moved to Southern California in 1968. From 1971 to 1973, Antin produced 100 Boots, a conceptual work in which she staged 100 boots in various settings, then had them photographed and mailed as postcards, bypassing the traditional gallery system. For her performance work, she interrogates gender, race, and identity by taking on fictional personas whose experiences are drawn from historical events. Teaching has also been central for Antin who has served as a professor of art at the University of California, San Diego from 1975–2002.