Elmgreen & Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset, rendering for Happy Days in the Art World, 2011. Courtesy the artists.

Elmgreen & Dragset Happy Days in the Art World

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$25 and up

The artists Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset) will present a theatrical performance titled Happy Days in the Art World, a darkly comic self-portrait of the two artists, drawing references from Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days (1961). The play tells the story of two main characters, played by renowned actors Joseph Fiennes and Charles Edwards, as well as actress Kim Criswell, and is directed by Toby Frow. The characters use a droll sensibility to unveil their personal history together, their experience of being a “single work of art,” and their fears about what will happen to their substantial art careers when they break up.

In the tradition of Beckett’s absurdist theater, the production will take place on a traditional proscenium stage with minimal sets designed by the artists. Happy Days in the Art World will also feature a cameo by the artists themselves, and will expand on the artists’ ironic take on contemporary art and the art world’s intrigue with celebrity in general.

Co-presented by Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

For information and to purchase tickets for Performa 11's Opening Night Benefit featuring Happy Days in the Art World and a special live retrospective of Elmgreen & Dragset, click here.

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Elmgreen & Dragset
Artist Class
  • Sat. Nov 5, 3:00 pm
Take a very special class with Performa Commission artists Elmgreen & Dragset! Seats limited! $10 / 8 Student
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Opening Night Benefit
Featuring World Premiere of Elmgreen & Dragset's Happy Days in the Art World and Special Live Retrospective
  • Tue. Nov 1, 7:00 pm
Opening Night of Performa 11 with feature the world premiere performance by Elmgreen & Dragset, followed by an exceptional party featuring a retrospective of live performances by the artists. Multiple Ticket Levels
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Co-presented by Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Supported by Toby Devan Lewis, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, Consulate General of Denmark in New York, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts, Arts Council Norway, The American-Scandanavian Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Dedalus Foundation, and Producers Circle members Victoria Miro, Emmanuel Perrotin, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, and Massimo De Carlo.