Performa’s film programs this year include the first-ever Performa Commission by a filmmaker (Guy Maddin’s Tales From the Gimli Hospital: Reframed), a Bergman-inspired performance by a visual artist (Ming Wong’s Persona Performa), a new film by Jonas Mekas that compiles rare personal materials celebrating Fluxus (Fluxus Cabaret), a film series that explores the connections between stand-up comedy and visual art from the 1970s to the present (Not Funny), and a special screening of the 1980-81 reconstruction of Meyerhold’s The Magnanimous Cuckhold.
- Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 pm
Rare documentation from 1973 of one of Lenny Bruce's last performances.
- Thursday, November 3, 9:00 pm
The first-ever comedy concert film, and still arguably the best, Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.
- Monday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Featuring the work of two groundbreaking 1970s comedians: Albert Brooks, and Andy Kaufman.
- Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 pm
Several 1970s California-based artists making humorous minimalist videos.
- Thursday, November 10, 8:00 pm
- Friday, November 11, 8:00 pm
After Bergman’s Persona, a human filmstrip of American cinema archetypes winds its way through the museum.
- Saturday, November 12, 6:00 pm
A brand new film from the archives of Mekas, featuring Paik, Ono, Lennon, Maciunas, Beuys and more!
- Monday, November 14, 6:30 pm
Screening of the 1980-81 Guggenheim reconstruction of Meyerhold’s The Magnanimous Cuckold.
- Monday, November 14, 7:00 pm
A program of rare work by artists who made serious attempts to crossover to comedy or vice versa.
- Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm
Short works by some of the artists and stand-up comedians working between these two disciplines today.
- Friday, November 18, 7:00 pm
- Friday, November 18, 9:00 pm
- Saturday, November 19, 7:00 pm
- Saturday, November 19, 9:00 pm
A live, dreamlike re-imagining of Maddin’s first feature film, produced in 1988, with a new score by acclaimed Icelandic musicians.