We'll keep the small talk to a minimum this week so you can absorb, memorize and commit to viewing these incredible performances in NYC this weekend. Hope to see you around! - Quinn
Thursday, January 28th
Saturday, January 30th
SHOUT OUT TO NON-NYC PERFORMANCE ART EVENTS this weekend >>>
It's always a pleasure to receive overlapping performance event invitations - A true indication that yes, Performance is Alive! This is one of those performance rich weekends so we compiled our top picks.
This Friday, Glasshouse presents an evening of performances highlighting the unique quality of their art/life/live gallery space. Contemporary Performance pulls from their giant network of 68,000 artists for an immersive, 3-day festival (don't worry, there won't be 68,000 performances but the RENEGADE PERFORMANCE GROUP with André M. Zachery on Friday, January 15th is a must see!) Lastly, Ofri Cnaani poses an interactive performance inspired by Equity Gallery's history of collaboration and advocacy.
So, brave the cold, put on your heat tech and go experience performance! See you there - Quinn Dukes
FRIDAY, JAN 15TH // 8PM // Plays of Domesticity
GLASSHOUSE // 246 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211
An evening dedicated to the domestic stage and it's performability.
Theater-based 10 minute plays will be performed throughout the house.
'Tom' by Jenni Messner / 'Pancakes' by Mia Schachter / 'Cockroach' by Sara Debevec / 'Story of the Eye' by Zach Trebino / 'Milk Boiled Over' by Ivy Castellanos / 'Time Sensitive' by Tusia Dabrowska and 'Happy Returns' by Natalie Bates
More details at www.glasshouseproject.org
Friday, Jan 15th-sunday, Jan 17th // Special effects Festival
Wild Project // 195 E 3rd St, New York, New York 10009
Contemporary Performance announces the festival Special Effects from January 15-17, 2016. The festival consists of artists from the Contemporary Performance Network presenting work at The Wild Project in the NYC’s East Village. Curated by network editors Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson.
More details and full schedule available at contemporaryperformance.com/sfx/
Saturday, Jan 16th// 12pm // OFRI CNAANI, "HELP DESK: EQUITY EXCHANGE MARATHON"
Equity Gallery // 245 Broome Street, New York, New York 10002
Equity Gallery is pleased to announce “Help Desk: Equity Exchange Marathon,” a participatory performance to be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 12pm to 4pm. The performance is part of File Under: ?, a solo exhibition by Ofri Cnaani on view through January 30, 2016.
More details available at nyartistsequity.org/help-desk-performance
Away from the Miami convention center and the massive white art fair tents was the Artist-Run Satellite Art Show at the now derelict Ocean Terrace Hotel, an art deco building awaiting demolition or redevelopment. The unairconditioned corridors and rooms-turned-galleries of the old hotel were nevertheless a breath of fresh air on the heels of a day at the sparkling big money fairs.
Each room of the Ocean Terrace Hotel had been transformed (to a varying degree) by the gallery, nonprofit, or artist-run space that occupied it. The decidedly non-white-cube conditions of the building demanded an installation approach. Most rooms dealt not only with the walls of the rooms themselves, but also made use of bathrooms, floors, ceilings, windows and doors. In this sense (and augmented by the heat and humidity of a Miami evening) Artist-Run was an exhibition that consciously engaged the body of the viewer. Likewise, explicitly performative events that took place in the hotel were intimately intertwined with the space itself. A few examples are summarized below.
Beast Boutique, Yellow Peril Gallery (Providence, RI)
Artist Jennifer Avery’s Beast Boutique was a composed clutter of photographs, photocopies, and hybrid doll-stuffed-animals-garments. She called it “the chaos of the forest”. Walls, floor and all corners were inhabited. Upon entry into the boutique, the artist would ask if the viewer would allow her to choose a garment for her, assuring, upon a friendly sizing-up, that she would “choose the perfect one.” Through this interaction, the viewer noticed that the installation was, in fact, populated with these wearable artworks in brightly-colored, frankenstein-stitched silk, lace, wool and fur, often displaying vestiges of their former use as more conservative garments.
Some were full masks, others shawl-like necklaces adorned with oversized talismans made of stuffed-animal parts. Hand-made stuffed dolls (all alike) were lined up along walls and in corners looking like a cross between 19th century children’s toys and the mummy cats of the ancient Egyptians. Walls were plastered with images of these props and the artist (fully painted and adorned as a human-animal fairytail character, performing in a wooded setting), layering objects with images and creating a complex visual mythology. Beast Boutique was at once scary and exuberant. It had the enclosed, non dream logic of a fairytale and the sense of humor of a neon forest.
Stupid Bar // Open Space at Artist-Run Miami // images by Q. Dukes
Stupid Bar, Open Space (Baltimore, MD)
Stupid Bar was the creation of Baltimore artist-run gallery Open Space at Artist-Run in the Ocean Terrace Hotel. This was an actual bar complete with a few varieties of drinks, a stripper’s pole and constant Karaoke performances. It was impossible to tell whether these were performed by friends and associates of the gallery or visitors to Artist-Run, as everyone was invited to participate while enjoying canned beers and cocktails and reading the myriad handmade signage adorning the walls and shelves of the installation like so many neon signs and beer posters at a dive bar.
Because of the hotel room setting, Stupid Bar also held a tinge of nostalgia for a teenager’s room where a secret party might place after parents have gone to bed. A large chalkboard hung on the wall immediately to the right upon entry stating: “Postmodernism is just a cool word for Postmodernism.” Another in red, green and black advertised the fact that all drinks were $11 while another commanded, “Notice this notice.”
In spite of the jokey atmosphere of Stupid Bar, it was a locus for the free spirited exuberance of TSA’s Satellite Art Show, a taste of what actually makes people love art. Stupid Bar’s funny signs, its dildo microphones and underwear-clad gender-bending karaoke divas generated something profound that viewers and artists could participate in and sink their teeth into. As Paddy Johnson put it in Art F City, “[Artist-Run] gives artists a voice, and somewhat counter-intuitively that’s most needed here in Miami, during the biggest art fair week in the country.” Stupid Bar was a gathering place and a way station for this energy. - Alexandra Hammond, Miami Art Week Correspondent
rtist-run shout outs!