Performa Intensive Public Lecture

Massimiliano Gioni with an artwork by Paul McCarthy. Photo: Marco De Scalzi. Courtesy of the New Museum.

Performa Intensive Public Lecture Massimiliano Gioni: On Biennials

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Einstein Auditorium
Barney Building MAP

The Performa Intensive
Massimiliano Gioni: On Biennials

A Public Lecture Series Organized by Performa
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Einstein Auditorium
Barney Building

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In a major new initiative, RoseLee Goldberg has established the Performa Intensive, an important new curatorial and arts administration course for graduate studies, to coincide with Performa 11, the fourth visual arts performance biennial, which runs from November 1-21, 2011.  In this unique program a select group of students are given unprecedented access to the inner workings of the biennial and hands-on experience, resulting in a radical new approach to curatorial education.

Performa Intensive students are directly involved with Performa Commission artists, providing research, press and production back up. They are also closely connected to  the research and programming activities of the Performa Institute during the three weeks of the biennial. The students will be available to meet with key curators, writers and artists attending Performa, providing information and background to biennial projects, as needed.

As part of a Performa Intensive, leading international curators will deliver public lectures on the topic of biennials and the future of culture in the twenty-first century. The inaugural lecture in this series by Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, New Museum, will take place at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. With an introduction by RoseLee Goldberg, Gioni will discuss the major biennials which he has curated, including the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2003); Manifesta 5 (2004); to the 4th Berlin Biennale (with artist Maurizio Cattelan and curator Ali Subotnick) (2006), and most recently, his highly-acclaimed 8th Gwangju Biennale, 10000 Lives (2010).

Jens Hoffman, co-curator of the current Istanbul Biennial, will deliver the second lecture on the series, on October 17, 2011.

Since 2004, Performa’s Not For Sale public education series has featured artists, authors, and critics discussing current issues in performance and new media and the related task of writing about art and artists whose work encompasses several disciplines at once.

Special thanks to David Darts, Chair of the Department of Art and Art Professions and Director of the NYU Steinhardt MA in Studio Art Program in Berlin, Germany.

Supported by the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions.

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