Our activities and programming last year included a public conversation about the newly discovered Julius Eastman’s Symphony No. II. The Faithful Friend (1983), continuing to manager Yvonne Rainer’s dance company, which presented seminal early works at MoMA as a part of the extraordinary exhibition, Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done, a presentation of the Performa Orchestra of Noise Intoners at Cornell University, a tribute to the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude at our annual gala, the exhibition Commissions from Performa’s Archives at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the publication of my latest book from Thames & Hudson Performance Now.
We have also been hard at work on a new website, designed by Special---Offer, that will launch in mid-January, 2019. The new site will feature “Performa Reports,” a new strand of our popular online Performa Magazine; and “Radical Broadcast,” a video channel that will stream live and archival Performa programs and special video exhibitions. Additionally, we completed a prototype website for future access to the vast Performa Archives, housed at NYU Fales Library funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Onward to 2019!
We are pleased to announce the dates of the Performa 19 Biennial, which will run from November 1-24, 2019 at venues throughout New York City. Please save the date, and stay in touch as we announce the exciting commissions and special productions for Performa 19 by emerging and established artists from around the world.
We continue to lead the field in the study and commissioning of live performance, highlighting its history and producing new live work that reflects the profound humanism at the heart of the artists with whom we work. We would be thrilled to have your continued support of Performa. Thank you for playing a pivotal role in shaping our exciting programming with a 100% tax-deductible donation.
Every gift, no matter the size, is significant support of Performa artists and the organization. As a special treat, if you become a member at any level in 2019, you will be granted exclusive access to preview the prototype of our archives website!
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On October 31, 2017, Art21 joined Performa for the installation of Barbara Kruger's Untitled (Skate), as part of her Performa 17 Commission, at Coleman Skatepark in the Lower East Side.
Watch the video!
While sharing her earliest influences and what led her to become an artist, Barbara Kruger explains the origins of her 2017 Performa commission, Untitled (Skate), a site-specific installation at Coleman Skatepark in New York City’s Lower East Side. Growing up in a working class family in Newark, New Jersey before landing a job as a designer for Condé Nast publications, Kruger considers how her design experience lent a fluency and directness to the development of her text-driven work.
“Money talks. Whose values?” says Kruger, quoting some of the panels installed in the skatepark. “These are just ideas in the air and questions that we ask sometimes—and questions that we don’t ask but should ask.”
Direct not just in its address of the viewer, but also in its active engagement with social and political events, Kruger’s work uses the visual language of advertising to critique the very messages it emulates. Her work asks viewers to closely consider how global topics like consumerism and power play a role in their daily lives. “Something to really think about is what makes us who we are in the world that we live in.” says the artist. “And how culture constructs and contains us.”
Featuring Untitled (Skate), a Performa commission for the Performa 17 Biennial installed at the Coleman Square Playground in New York City; works from the artist’s multiple solo exhibitions at Mary Boone Gallery; and FOREVER, a 2017 site-specific exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin, amongst others.
[Above text by Art21]
About the Performa Commission:
Barbara Kruger has been employing media effects and strategies to create her own political and social messages around consumerism, mass media, and feminism on billboards, buses, newspapers, buildings, and parks for the past four decades. Her instantly recognizable—and frequently appropriated—visual style of delivering highly charged, terse phrases in white Futura Bold font over red blocks has radiated its influence on other visual artists, graphic design, mass media, and high fashion streetwear.
For the Performa 17 Biennial, Kruger broadcasted messages engaging issues of and ideas about power, desire, adoration, contempt, and capital all over New York City: on a billboard in Chelsea, on MetroCards distributed across four subway stations, on a yellow school bus, in a storefront shop in SoHo, and in one of New York’s most popular skate park underneath the Manhattan Bridge.
For more information on Barbara Kruger's Performa Commission, click HERE.