Classes and Events

The Performa Institute, situated at the Performa Hub, is a pilot program of Artist Classes featuring Performa 11 artists, curators, and associated figures. These classes create a space for the presentation and exploration of ideas and the exchange of research and knowledge, with a focus on the study of history. We are asking artists, curators and writers to function as educators across disciplines from exhibition-making through historical research to visions for the future of art and ideas in New York City and around the world.

Performa Institute is organized by Dougal Phillips, Manager of Curatorial Affairs, and Defne Ayas, Curator at Large.

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Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962-1978
    Wed. Sep 21 -
    Mon. Jan 16
A look at the artists' editions that played an essential role in Fluxus. Museum admission: $25, Seniors $18, Students $14, Children & Members Free
Performa Intensive Public Lecture
Massimiliano Gioni: On Biennials
    Mon. Oct 3 -
    Mon. Oct 3
Influential curator Massimiliano Gioni will deliver a public lecture on producing major biennials. Free.
RoseLee Goldberg in conversation with Shirin Neshat and Wangechi Mutu
    Wed. Oct 5 -
    Wed. Oct 5
- Free.
Performa Intensive Public Lecture
Jens Hoffmann: Biennials and Curatorial Ambivalence
    Mon. Oct 17 -
    Mon. Oct 17
CCA Wattis Institute Director Jens Hoffmann will lecture about producing and curating major biennials. Free.
Julieta Aranda and Carlos Motta
Broken English
    Tue. Nov 1 -
    Mon. Nov 21
A Constructivist-style publication, reflecting on the constant cultural translations and negotiations of New York City. Free
Opening Night Benefit
Featuring World Premiere of Elmgreen & Dragset's Happy Days in the Art World and Special Live Retrospective
    Tue. Nov 1 -
    Tue. Nov 1
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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Elmgreen & Dragset
Happy Days in the Art World
    Tue. Nov 1 -
    Tue. Nov 1
Elmgreen & Dragset reflect on the artworld in a Beckett-esque self-portrait starring Joseph Fiennes and Charles Edwards. $25 and up
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Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Sat. Nov 19
Over 100 works dating primarily from the 1960s and '70s and a performance by Larry Miller offer a fresh look at Fluxus, designed to spark multiple interpretations. Suggested donations $3.
Jonathan VanDyke
With One Hand Between Us
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
A non-verbal storefront drama plays out over five days under dripping paint. Free - visitors may drop in any time they wish between 11:30 am and 7 pm
33 Fragments of Russian Performance
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 23
This exciting archival exhibition features performance documentation, photographs, and video of Russian performance from the historical avant-garde of the 1920s to the present. Free
Alexandra Obukhova
Action vs Performance - A short history of Moscow performances, 1970 - 2000s
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
Alexandra Obukhova, renowned Russian art historian and curator will deliver a lecture on Russian Performance from the avant-garde to the contemporary, in association with the Performa and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow collaborative exhibition 33 Fragments of Russian Performance. Free with reservation
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33 Fragments of Russian Performance opening
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
This exciting archival exhibition features performance documentation, photographs, and video of Russian performance from the historical avant-garde of the 1920s to the present. Free
L’Encyclopédie de la parole
Chorale
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
A brief “choir” performance of texts gathered from political speeches, movie scenes and voicemail messages, in English for the first time. Free
Rashaad Newsome
Tournament
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
Medieval-style rap joust for a cash prize and inclusion on the artist’s mixtape Swag Vol. 2. Free
Mateo Tannatt
Pity City Ballet
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
A live talk show about monumental public artwork – with added dance and greenscreen technology. Free with reservation
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Juan Betancurth, Alicia Grullón, VJ Demencia (René Juan de la Cruz), Irvin Morazán,
Rafael Sánchez and Kathleen White
El Museo Program
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
The Museum is activated by a shamanistic dating show, a picket line, and much more. Free
Spartacus Chetwynd
The Lion Tamer
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
Exploring the truths and fallacies of history making, through chambers and antechambers and among large costumed insects. Live performance, projected film, and interactivity all play a part in this other-worldly experience. $12 New Museum Members / $15 General Public
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Andrey Kuzkin
Performance
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
Russian artist Andrey Kuzkin will premiere a new performance in the Performa Hub as part of the exhibition 33 Fragments of Russian Performance. Free
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Lenny Bruce
    Wed. Nov 2 -
    Wed. Nov 2
Rare documentation from 1973 of one of Lenny Bruce's last performances. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Serkan Ozkaya
Artist Class: Speech Acts and 3D Modeling
    Thu. Nov 3 -
    Thu. Nov 3
Taking inspiration from Austin's "How To Do Things with Words" and the 3D modeling of Michelangelo's David, Ozkaya will explore the ways in which language replaces the world and representation replaces the object. $10 / 8 Student
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Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler
SEVEN
    Thu. Nov 3 -
    Thu. Nov 3
A chakra sauna channeling chromatic body fluids from New York to Cradle of Humankind in Africa. Free.
Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece
    Thu. Nov 3 -
    Thu. Nov 3
A witty two-parter featuring former Royal Ballet soloist, and referencing John Cage and cows. $18 / $12 for Danspace Members
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Mai-Thu Perret
Love Letters in Ancient Brick
    Thu. Nov 3 -
    Thu. Nov 3
Comic-strip dance adaptation of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, a love triangle between a cat, a mouse, and a dog. $15
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Matthew Stone
Anatomy of Immaterial Worlds
    Thu. Nov 3 -
    Thu. Nov 3
The artist’s research into shamanism leads us on a part-cathartic, part-ecstatic journey. $5
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Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
Both Sitting Duet
    Thu. Nov 3 -
    Thu. Nov 3
Bessie-award winning dance translation of the violin and piano piece “For John Cage” by composer Morton Feldman. $18 / $12 Danspace Members
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Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Richard Pryor
    Thu. Nov 3 -
    Thu. Nov 3
The first-ever comedy concert film, and still arguably the best, Richard Pryor: Live in Concert. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Public Movement
Positions
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
For their first action in the U.S., Public Movement presents Positions, a choreographed demonstration that invites people to take a stand on any number of urgent issues. Free
Liutauras Psibilskis, Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. and Sissel Kardel
On Blindness and Ginger Island
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
Take a class with Ginger Island Project curator Liutauras Psibilskis and artists Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. and Sissel Kardel, on the topic of blindness and the experience of the Fluxus travelers on Ginger Island.
Daido Moriyama
Printing Show—TKY
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
The artist recreates his 1971 performance that features the use of a photocopier and photographic prints in a collaborative bookmaking project for the audience. $75/ tickets can be purchased at www.aperture.org
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Professor Daniel Gerould
on Adrian Piotrovsky, Soviet Mass Spectacles, and Festive Performance with live recitation
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
Lecture and Discussion with Prof. Daniel Gerould, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY on Adrian Piotrovsky, Soviet Mass Spectacles, and Festive Performance (“eoratology”), with a live recitation! $10 / 8 Student
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Boris Charmatz
Musée de la Danse: Expo Zéro
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
A unique interactive experience that radicalizes the history and future of dance through a "museum of dance" comprised of gestures, projects, bodies, stories, and dances. Free.
Jonathan Meese
WAR 'SAINT JUST (FIRST FLASH)'
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
A Punch-and-Judy show with no script, freely developed around an unannounced theme that Meese is choosing for himself. Free
Christine Sun Kim with Lukas Geronimas
Feedback
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
Christine Sun Kim, an artist deaf since birth, will conduct a series of experiments which initiate a slippage of audio into visual. Free
Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
The Quiet Dance and Speaking Dance
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
A duo of hilarious conceptual explorations into the perceptions surrounding the relationship between music and dance. $18 / $12 for Danspace Members
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Frances Stark
Put a Song in Your Thing
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
A semi-autobiographical stroll through the creative chaos of the artist’s life, involving a dancer, and DJ from the dancehall “daggering” scene. $30
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Lili Reynaud-Dewar
Interpretation
    Fri. Nov 4 -
    Fri. Nov 4
A collaborative performance mixing Sun Ra, Civil Rights, the history of a record shop in France. Free with reservation
Tyler Ashley
Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
Jane Fonda meets Rodchenko in this interactive exploration into the world of Stepanova style, Meyerhold Biomechanics, and 19th century Eastern massive sports demonstrations. Free
Liz Glynn
Utopia or Oblivion: Parts I and II
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
Liz Glynn will present a two-part performance. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s faltering geodesic dome experiment of 1948, including a building project with volunteer participants. Free
Mai-Thu Perret
Artist Class: On Utopia
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
Join Performa 11 Premiere artist Mai-Thu Perret for an Artist Class exploring the topics of Russian Constructivism and Utopia. $10 / 8 Student
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Raphael Zarka
Free Ride
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
A two-part project materializes recent research into the “geometry of skateboarding” and its relation to sculpture. Free
Elmgreen & Dragset
Artist Class
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
Take a very special class with Performa Commission artists Elmgreen & Dragset! Seats limited! $10 / 8 Student
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Andrei Monastyrski
Empty Zones
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
An exhibition of select video works by the seminal Russian artist exploring his ‘Trips Out of Town’ with Collective Actions. Free
Gerard Byrne
In Repertory
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
A process-based project installed underneath a theater, with viewers responding to installed props, mixing with actors employed in a subtle, interspersed fashion. Free
Eleanor Bauer
(BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS)
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
An expedition into the surface-oriented world of a performer in a hilarious, inventive solo. $16 in advance / $20 at the door.
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Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sat. Nov 5
A witty two-parter featuring former Royal Ballet soloist, and referencing John Cage and cows. $18 / $12 for Danspace Members
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Tarek Atoui
Visiting Tarab
    Sat. Nov 5 -
    Sun. Nov 6
Artists from pop, hip hop, electronic, and improvised music re-imagine the world's largest archive of Classical Arab music. $30
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Liz Glynn
Utopia or Oblivion
    Sun. Nov 6 -
    Sun. Nov 6
A silent dance recreation of an experiment attempted by Buckminster Fuller during his time on the faculty at Black Mountain College. Free
Varispeed
Perfect Lives Manhattan
    Sun. Nov 6 -
    Sun. Nov 6
Perfect Lives Manhattan is a daylong, site-specific performance of Robert Ashley’s 1983 opera adapted by Varispeed, a newly formed collective of composer-performers. Free
Andrei Monastyrski
Empty Zones
    Sun. Nov 6 -
    Sun. Nov 20
An exhibition of select video works by the seminal Russian artist exploring his ‘Trips Out of Town’ with Collective Actions. Free
Performa Ha!
Reggie Watts, Dina Seiden, Hennessey Youngman, Lumberob, Bedwyr Williams, Club Nutz and house-band Title TK and Michael Smith
    Sun. Nov 6 -
    Sun. Nov 6
Three Sundays of conceptual jokes by artists, stand-up comedians and musicians. $20
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Liz Glynn
Utopia or Oblivion: Parts I and II
    Mon. Nov 7 -
    Mon. Nov 7
Liz Glynn will present a two-part performance. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s faltering geodesic dome experiment of 1948, including a building project with volunteer participants. Free
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Comics on the Edge in the 1970s
    Mon. Nov 7 -
    Mon. Nov 7
Featuring the work of two groundbreaking 1970s comedians: Albert Brooks, and Andy Kaufman. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Liz Glynn
Artist Class: The Best of Intentions: Futility, Failure, and Performance
    Tue. Nov 8 -
    Tue. Nov 8
In this Artist Class, Glynn will explore the relationship between human scale and iconic monumental form, the messiness of collective negotiation, and the tensions and desires around structural perfection and monumentality. $10 / 8 Student
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Antonio Manuel
A discussion with the artist and screening of his short films Arte Hoje, Semi Ótica
    Tue. Nov 8 -
    Tue. Nov 8
This discussion will include artist Antonio Manuel with Claudia Calirman and Gabriela Rangel, curators of his first solo exhibition in the U.S. Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent! currently on view at the Americas Society. The short films Arte Hoje (1976), Semi Ótica (1975) and Loucura & Cultura (1973) feature friends and fellow artists Rogério Duarte, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Luiz Carlos Saldanha and Caetano Veloso. Free, first come first serve.
MPA and Amapola Prada Revolution
Two Marks in Rotation
    Tue. Nov 8 -
    Tue. Nov 8
Cinderblocks, plate glass, and the artists’ bodies are used to seek the edges of permissibility. Free
Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler
Artist Talk - co-presented with Columbia University
    Tue. Nov 8 -
    Tue. Nov 8
Performa 11 Commission artists Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler discuss their collaborative project SEVEN. Co-presented with The Columbia University School of the Arts. Free with reservation
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Performa Film Program: Not Funny:
Piece to Camera
    Tue. Nov 8 -
    Tue. Nov 8
Several 1970s California-based artists making humorous minimalist videos. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Ed Atkins, Haroon Mirza, and James Richards
An Echo Button
    Tue. Nov 8 -
    Tue. Nov 8
British artists Ed Atkins, Haroon Mirza, and James Richards have created a project for Times Square that responds to the history and the spectacle of the site. Reservation required.
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Nicoline van Harskamp
Any Other Business - a scripted conference, video installation
    Wed. Nov 9 -
    Wed. Nov 9
Any Other Business is a video installation of a fully scripted conference recorded for a live audience in an Amsterdam convention centre. In each of its nine meetings, based on original political debates and speeches, a productive type of miscommunication occurs. Free
Nils Bech with Bendik Giske
    Wed. Nov 9 -
    Wed. Nov 9
Based on his upcoming album, Nils Bech creates rituals as tools, allowing him to reenact emotional circumstances from his life through voice, movement, music and text. Curated by Hanne Mugaas. Free
Simon Fujiwara
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
    Wed. Nov 9 -
    Wed. Nov 9
An epic narrative in three parts, about explorers, sex and Abstract Expressionist painting. $30
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John Powers
Star Wars and the Rhetoric of Power
    Thu. Nov 10 -
    Thu. Nov 10
A talk about Star Wars, not as literary fantasy but as an real object; an object made at a particular time and place, by a particular group of people, informed by the politics of American modernism. Free, first come first serve.
Raphaël Zarka
Artist Lecture: The Geometry of Skateboarding
    Thu. Nov 10 -
    Thu. Nov 10
Zarka presents recent research into the “geometry of skateboarding” and its relation to modern sculpture. which will also be translated into English for the first time and available for the audience as a free publication. Free with reservation
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Boris Groys
Talk on Andrei Monastyrski
    Thu. Nov 10 -
    Thu. Nov 10
A talk by the esteemed Russian curator on Andrei Monastyrski. Free
Maria Petschnig
see-saw, seen-sawn
    Thu. Nov 10 -
    Thu. Nov 10
Juxtaposing suggestive fantasies in the form of video clips with live actions. Free
Ming Wong
Persona Performa
    Thu. Nov 10 -
    Thu. Nov 10
After Bergman’s Persona, a human filmstrip of American cinema archetypes winds its way through the museum. $30
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Justin Vivian Bond
Full Moon Tranifestation Circle with Justin Vivian Bond and Friends
    Thu. Nov 10 -
    Thu. Nov 10
Solo exhibition incorporating elements of Bond's soon-to-be demolished Second Avenue loft, creating an intimate context for a one-night performance. Free
Stewart Home and guests
Psychedelic Noir
    Thu. Nov 10 -
    Thu. Nov 10
An evening of readings, book shredding, ventriloquism and verbal acrobatics. $10
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Jack Ferver with Michelle Mola
Me, Michelle
    Thu. Nov 10 -
    Thu. Nov 10
Uncovering the mysteries and myths of the life of Cleopatra through dance. $18 / $15 MAD members and students
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Fluxus Weekend
Various
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Sun. Nov 13
In the spirit of Fluxus, Performa will produce an intensive 52-hour program across New York City, collaborating with members of the Performa Consortium.
Films by Jonas Mekas and Milan Knizák
The Ginger Island Project / Storefront for Art and Architecture
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Sun. Nov 13
A remix night about the utopian Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the early 1970s. Free
Asli Çavuşoğlu
Words dash against the façade
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Fri. Nov 11
Asli Çavuşoğlu will create a walking tour on 11.11.11 that will use fortune-telling to scrutinize the ornamental façades of New York City buildings. $11.11
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Robbinschilds
Instruction Construction
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Mon. Nov 21
A series of sound recordings leading viewers through detailed movement-based scores that respond to the dimensions and characteristics of the 6th floor gallery at Art in General. Free
Ragnar Kjartansson and Davíd fiór Jónsson
Artist Class: On Music and Forgiveness / followed by book signing
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Fri. Nov 11
Join Performa 11 Commission artist Ragnar Kjartansson and Conductor Davíd fiór Jónsson for a very special class on Mozart, music and forgiveness. Seats limited! $10 / 8 Student
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Free Flux-Tour of the Grey Art Gallery
guided by Larry Miller
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Fri. Nov 11
Free Flux-Tour of the Grey Art Gallery guided by artist Larry Miller. $3.00 suggested, free with NYU ID. No reservations.
Shelly Nadashi
Refrigerating Apparatus
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Fri. Nov 11
This project combines a number of sculptures and prints, which are manipulated through the recitation of texts, from a guidebook to email etiquette. Free with reservation
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Nils Bech with Bendik Giske and Sergei Tcherepnin
Look Inside
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Fri. Nov 11
Songs around sculpture chart a chronology of emotional events from the artist’s recent life. $12 Members, $15 General Public
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Shirin Neshat
OverRuled
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Sat. Nov 12
A highly stylized performance set in a courtroom which references historical and contemporary Iranian and Arab uprisings against various forms of dictatorship and theocracy. $35 General, $35 to $100 Opening Night
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Bibbe Hansen on Al Hansen
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Fri. Nov 11
Bibbe Hansen, daughter of Fluxus and Happenings artist Al Hansen, will present a lecture at focusing on Al Hansen's life and work. Free - seating limited
Sound project and DJ sets by Marina Rosenfeld. DJ by Raz Mesinai & DJ Japanster
The Ginger Island Project / Red Egg
    Fri. Nov 11 -
    Sat. Nov 12
In the project Ginger Island becomes a metaphor for utopias, dreams, aspirations and creativity. Free
Guido van der Werve
Effugio no 2 Running to Rachmaninov
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
Guido van der Werve invites you to grab some Chamomile flowers and run with him from Manhattan to where Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov is buried in upstate New York. Free with RSVP to vanessa@luhringaugustine.com
Zefrey Throwell
I’ll Raise You One…
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 19
A continuous strip poker game performed in the public realm using the conflicting languages of teenage love and small stakes capitalism. Free
Amy Granat, Sissel Kardel, Milan Knizák, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Lisa Oppenheim & Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.
The Ginger Island Project
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 26
An exhibition about the utopian Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the early 1970s. For appointment, call 917 319 0614.
Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne
Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
A public reading of unedited transcripts from Guantanamo Bay Tribunals. Free with MoMa admission
Eric Steen
Brew Day
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
Brings together home brewers from around the city to share their knowledge and art. Free
Alison Knowles in collaboration with Jessica Higgins and Joshua Selman
Beans All Day
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
The founding member of Fluxus cooks and serves “beans all day” to audiences and passersby amid an installation of her sculptural 'bean turners'. Free
Tyler Ashley
Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
Jane Fonda meets Rodchenko in this interactive exploration into the world of Stepanova style, Meyerhold Biomechanics, and 19th century Eastern massive sports demonstrations. Free
Burak Arikan
Artist Class: Creative Networking Workshop
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
A series of workshops focusing on the design of large scale networks as a creative activity and expanding the individual's thinking about the network as a creative medium. Maximum 15 participants. Reserve your place now! $10 / 8 Student
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Philip von Zweck
A project by Philip von Zweck
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sun. Nov 13
Philip von Zweck will give away pieces by nearly 30 artists during the course of this performance. Free
Tamar Ettun
One Thing Leads to Another
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
A pilgrimage within a partially-inflated, stationary hot air balloon. Free
The Vera List Center for Art and Politics: Melanie Crean and Claire Picher
Building Better Speech Performance Workshops
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
Explore performative and technological strategies to facilitate speech with groups that are affected by political transformation or upheaval, investigating how issues of identity and power can be communicated as a form of text, through gesture and through socially-based technical frameworks in a form of collective action. Free
Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life
gallery talk by Jacquelynn Baas
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
Gallery talk by Jacquelynn Baas, Director Emeritus, Berkeley Art Museum, and curator of the Grey Art Gallery's exhibition, Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life. $3.00 suggested donation, free with NYU ID. No reservations.
Amy Granat, Sissel Kardel, Milan Knizák, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Lisa Oppenheim & Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.
The Ginger Island Project / Emily Harvey Foundation / Opening Reception
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
An exhibition about the utopian Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the early 1970s. Free
Performa Radio
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
Leading figures in the fields of literature, art, and music present short narrative plays live and online. $10
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Jonas Mekas
Fluxus Cabaret
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
A brand new film from the archives of Mekas, featuring Paik, Ono, Lennon, Maciunas, Beuys and more! Tickets $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Rainer Ganahl
Credit Crunch Meal - Free food for all!
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
A banquet of provocative food, wood, and porcelain sculptures inspired by unregulated financial markets, high finance and politics. Free
Wolfgang Staehle, Pete Drungle, Lance Steagall
Alterazioni Video / The New Cinema Event
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
A raw film projection night organized by Alterazioni Video with live music and voiceover reading. Free
Laurence Wagner
To Do What?
    Sat. Nov 12 -
    Sat. Nov 12
Laurence Wagner will walk around the block of Canal, Wooster, Grand and Greene Streets in Soho carrying a suitcase until the point of exhaustion. Free
Laurel Nakadate and James Franco
Three Performances in Search of Tennessee
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Sun. Nov 13
A spirit calling, theatrical karaoke, and an open audition all based around Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. $30
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Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive:
Curating Performance at ICI
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Mon. Nov 21
The fall Curatorial Intensive training program will employ Performa 11 as a platform to explore how curating performance art is being theorized and implemented, including the commissioning, production, interpretation and documentation of performance. Participants will engage in a rigorous schedule of workshops, discussions, and advisement sessions to develop individual exhibition proposals.
Julieta Aranda and Carlos Motta and guests
"Thank You and Good-Bye"
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Sun. Nov 13
A public discussion with Julieta Aranda, Carlos Motta and guests (Naeem Mohaiemen, Adam Kleinman, Defne Ayas) that will use the publication “Broken English” as a point of departure to shift the focus from "Constructivism" as a movement in art and design to "Constructivism" as a sociological theory of knowledge focused in group interactions. Free with reservation
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Elena Bajo
Performances
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Sun. Nov 13
A deconstruction of white cube conventions, rendering them decidedly in-flux and indeterminate. Free
Trajal Harrell
Antigone Jr.
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Sun. Nov 13
An imagined historical mix of Harlem vogueing and early postmodern dance. $11
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The Ginger Island Project / Storefront for Art and Architecture / Closing Reception
Films by Jonas Mekas & Milan Knizák
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Sun. Nov 13
A remix night about the utopian Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the early 1970s. Free
Fluxus Concert
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Sun. Nov 13
A night of music and performance dedicated to the musical stylings of Fluxus. $20
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A tribute to Nam June Paik / screening of Paik's Global Groove (1973)
Hosted by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Sun. Nov 13
A screening of the late Nam June Paik's seminal film "Global Groove." Free
Liz Magic Laser
I Feel Your Pain
    Sun. Nov 13 -
    Sun. Nov 13
A constructivist-style “living newspaper” restaging America’s recent political contestations as a romantic drama. FREE, first come first serve.
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Mark Beasley and Nathaniel Mellors
Cockadoodledon't!!!: on humor and language
    Mon. Nov 14 -
    Mon. Nov 14
Performa curator Mark Beasley and biennial artist Nathaniel Mellors discuss the serious nonsense and surreal side of humor and language, from vaudeville, Beckett and Monty Python to the absurdist scripts and psychedelic theater of Mellors' own 'Giantbum' and 'Ourhouse.' $10 / 8 Student
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Mel Gordon
The Magnanimous Cuckold
    Mon. Nov 14 -
    Mon. Nov 14
Screening of the 1980-81 Guggenheim reconstruction of Meyerhold’s The Magnanimous Cuckold. Free
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Crossing Over
    Mon. Nov 14 -
    Mon. Nov 14
A program of rare work by artists who made serious attempts to crossover to comedy or vice versa. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Abbas Akhavan, Fatima Al Qadiri and Khalid al Gharaballi, and Youmna Chlala
The Anti-Artist Talk Series
    Tue. Nov 15 -
    Tue. Nov 15
In this series of talks artists explore a theme tangential to their own work in an attempt to dismantle the predominance and formulaic structure of the conventional artist talk. Curated by Barrak Alzaid, Artistic Director ArteEast. Free with reservation
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Ben Kinmont
An Exhibition in Your Mouth
    Tue. Nov 15 -
    Tue. Nov 15
A six course menu of recipes ranging from a Futurist dish to cheeses based on Sol Lewitt’s “Forms Derived from a Cube.” Price: Tickets cost $65.00 (which covers food and gratuity but not wine). Space is limited. Reservations: please contact Isa at: +1 347 689 3594. Last reservation at 10 pm.
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Stand-Up, Sit Down, and Visual Art Comedy Today
    Tue. Nov 15 -
    Tue. Nov 15
Short works by some of the artists and stand-up comedians working between these two disciplines today. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Michael Portnoy
Artist Class: Permutation Riff Tank
    Wed. Nov 16 -
    Wed. Nov 16
Michael Portnoy will lead participants in a bit of "conceptual horticulture", developing new breeds of practice from the seeds of works presented in Performa 11. $10 / 8 Student
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Dennis Oppenheim
“Compression Fern” (1970) screening and action
    Wed. Nov 16 -
    Wed. Nov 16
Join us for a special screening of “Compression Fern” (1970) from Tooth and Nail: Film and Video 1970-1974 by Dennis Oppenheim. The viewing of “Compression Fern” (1970) will be paired with attempts to compress organic material provided on the night. Free with reservation
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Dennis McNulty
The Eyes of Ayn Rand
    Wed. Nov 16 -
    Wed. Nov 16
Tracing various spatial and temporal constructions along a line from Konstantin Melnikov's house in Moscow in 1927 to Ayn Rand's eyes in New York 1958. $15
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Nathaniel Mellors
Ourhouse
    Wed. Nov 16 -
    Wed. Nov 16
A surreal four-part video series combining sculpture, language, and domestic power dynamics. $10
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Proposed curriculum on contemporary art and performance:
Dennis Oppenheim and the art of survival, Day 17
    Thu. Nov 17 -
    Thu. Nov 17
Three conversational seminars around the life and work of Dennis Oppenheim. Each will bring distinct vantage points to the discussion of Oppenheim’s work and practice, and in particular his lifelong interrogation of the idea of performance and body projects. Free with reservation
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Laurent Montaron
The Invisible Message
    Thu. Nov 17 -
    Thu. Nov 17
An attempt to re-enact an apocryphal 1866 experiment with kites that talk to each other. Free
iona rozeal brown
battle of yestermore
    Thu. Nov 17 -
    Thu. Nov 17
An epic battle myth told in a mix of voguing, hip-hop and Kabuki theater. $30 / $15 with discount code: "kabuki"
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Liam Gillick and Anton Vidokle
A Guiding Light (Part II)
    Fri. Nov 18 -
    Fri. Nov 18
A Guiding Light was first produced as a collaboration between Performa and the Shanghai Biennale. Gillick and Vidokle will re-frame the piece by creating a ‘behind-the-scenes’ conversation that will be part-screening, part-sincere critique, and part-promotional staging for the 'film'. Free with reservation
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Eric Steen
Brew Pub
    Fri. Nov 18 -
    Fri. Nov 18
Following Performa's home brewing conference, beer made by local homebrewers will be available over two nights at the Performa Hub. All you can drink! $20
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Ben Kinmont with Laurel George (NYU)
Ethical considerations in project art practices
    Fri. Nov 18 -
    Fri. Nov 18
A presentation by cultural anthropologist Laurel George and artist Ben Kinmont, considering interactional art practices outside of institutional space, a mode that Kinmont has been working in for over two decades. Free with reservation
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Guy Maddin
Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed
    Fri. Nov 18 -
    Fri. Nov 18
A live, dreamlike re-imagining of Maddin’s first feature film, produced in 1988, with a new score by acclaimed Icelandic musicians. $25 in advance / $30 at the door. Discount for Performa and Film Society members/students/seniors ($20/$25).
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Pablo Helguera
The Well-Tempered Exposition, Book One, Part II
    Fri. Nov 18 -
    Fri. Nov 18
Exploring word and action through the frame of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Free. Phone RSVP 212 334 3347.
Will Cotton
COCKAIGNE
    Fri. Nov 18 -
    Fri. Nov 18
A short ballet inspired by the ethereality of cotton candy, and a burlesque inspired whipped cream dance. With music by John Zorn and Caleb Burhans, and choreography by Charles Askegard and Miss Ruby Valentine. Free. RSVP essential to info@klupfoundation.org.
Ragnar Kjartansson
Bliss
    Sat. Nov 19 -
    Sat. Nov 19
A twelve-hour live loop of the final aria of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, with full orchestra, scenery, and period costume. $30 / $10 ticket with discount code "figaro"
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Eve Essex and David Gutkin
Experiments in Notation
    Sat. Nov 19 -
    Sat. Nov 19
A workshop to explore varying definitions and uses of notation in time-based art. Free
Guy Maddin
The Power of a Continuity-Free Cinema
    Sat. Nov 19 -
    Sat. Nov 19
Take a very special artist class with Performa 11 Commission artist and filmmaker Guy Maddin. Seats limited! $10 / 8 Student
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Wu Tsang
Full Body Quotation
    Sat. Nov 19 -
    Sat. Nov 19
Full Body Quotation is a choral performance, a living sculpture, and a party, in which Tsang and his performers channel a chorus of voices sampled from the known (and unknown) canon of transgender cinema. With DJ Total Freedom.
$10 New Museum Members, $12 General Public
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Robert Ashley
That Morning Thing
    Sat. Nov 19 -
    Sat. Nov 19
For his Performa Premiere, Robert Ashley—a pioneer of opera-for-television and mixed media musical theater—will present That Morning Thing (1967), an opera in three acts for men’s and women's speaking voices and eight dancers. $30
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Otomo Yoshihide and Christian Marclay
Turntable Duo: Otomo + Marclay
    Sat. Nov 19 -
    Sat. Nov 19
The experimental music revolutionaries join together to explore the possibilities of electronic and acoustic sound. Tickets $25 / $20 Japan Society members. Venue box office: 212 715 1258.
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Athi-Patra Ruga
Ilulwane
    Sat. Nov 19 -
    Sat. Nov 19
A synchronized-swimming performance reflecting on the passage of time in both New York and in the artist’s own South African Xhosa culture. Free with reservation
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Ursula Mayer
Gonda
    Sun. Nov 20 -
    Sun. Nov 20
A live performance that responds to the play Ideal by controversial Russian-American writer Ayn Rand through a critical reading of aspects of revolutionary modernism. $10
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Alison O’Daniel
Night Sky
    Mon. Nov 21 -
    Mon. Nov 21
A parallel story: two girls time-travel through the desert while a group of contestants compete in a dance marathon. Free with RSVP to courtenay@artingeneral.org.
Performa 11 Grand Finale
The Malcolm McLaren Award
    Mon. Nov 21 -
    Tue. Nov 22
The Performa 11 Grand Finale will be held in honor of the punk pioneer and Sex Pistols founder Malcolm McLaren. $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Cash only.
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RoseLee Goldberg in conversation
Culturebot Presents Performance and Context: The Black Box and The White Cube
    Sun. Jan 8 -
    Sun. Jan 8
RoseLee Goldberg in conversation with Culturebot Free
Boston University Art Gallery
100 Years (version #4, boston, jan 2012)
    Thu. Jan 19 -
    Sun. Mar 25
Boston University Art Gallery will present 100 Years (version #4, boston, jan 2012), the fourth iteration of 100 Years of Performance, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and RoseLee Goldberg. Free
Performa Institute Presents
Portrait of the Artist: Lorraine O'Grady
    Wed. Apr 25 -
    Wed. Apr 25
Portrait of the Artist: Lorraine O’Grady will examine the remarkable work and life of artist Lorraine O’Grady in the context of feminism, politics, and art of the 1980s and today THIS EVENT IS FULL. There will be a Wait List at the door.
Performa Benefit Auction
    Thu. May 17 -
    Thu. May 17
Performa Benefit Auction to include works by previous Performa biennial artists and many more $50
WHY DANCE IN THE ART WORLD?
A LOOK AT THE RECENT EXPLOSION OF THE ART WORLD’S INTEREST IN DANCE
    Mon. Sep 17 -
    Mon. Sep 17
The Performa Institute and NYU Steinhardt are pleased to present Why Dance in the Art World?, an exciting event exploring the history and future of the art world’s interest in dance. Free Admission, RSVP to rsvp@performa-arts.org
RELÂCHE - THE PARTY
2012 Performa Gala
    Thu. Nov 29 -
    Thu. Nov 29
Relâche -The Party will be an elegant celebration of artists of the Surrealist movement in 1920’s Paris and a creative rethinking of the seminal Surrealist performance Relâche in 1924. Multiple Ticket Levels