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Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting


Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Room 213 (adjacent to the gallery)
April 22, 2015
6:30 – 8PM

Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Robert Longo, Tavia Nyong’o and Martha Wilson
Organized and Moderated by Alaina Claire Feldman, Independent Curators International (ICI)

In conjunction with the exhibition Martha Wilson, Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting will explore key complex issues surrounding the current tendency to re-perform historical works. How do artists (and sometimes institutions) re-enact a performance outside of its original artistic milieu? How do re-enacted performances differ from the original work (temporally, contextually) and how can we continue to present them in the now? Should there be a standardization for presenting performance today? Bringing together artists and art historians who have extensive engagements with performance in New York, this panel will consider the participants’ diverse approaches in answering these questions through several specific case studies.

Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting is presented in collaboration with Pratt Manhattan Gallery on the occasion of Martha Wilson’s Franklin Furnace, and to coincide with Martha Wilson: Downtown at NYU Fales Library and Performing Franklin Furnace at Participant Inc.


Image: Mike Smith, Baby Ikki, Performing Franklin Furnace, Participant Inc., 2015.

April 22, 2015

Room 213
144 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

presenter

Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity.  She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.”  In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works.  She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York; and has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; and in 2013 received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

Photograph: Christopher Milne.


Robert Longo

Robert Longo (b. 1953) is an internationally recognized visual artist known for his large scale works in various media: drawing, sculpture, film, performance and music. He has exhibited extensively at museums throughout Europe, Asia and the United States including such venues as the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and the Whitney Biennial.

His work is represented in numerous major museums and private collections all over the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Albertina, Vienna; and the Tate, London. In 2014, Metro Pictures Gallery and Petzel Gallery simultaneously presented two ambitious companion solo shows, for which he was nominated by the United Section of the International Association of Art Critics for the “Best show in a commercial space in New York.” In 2005, Longo was the recipient of the Goslar Kaiserring for “outstanding achievements in modern art,” and in 2010, he was inducted as Officier de L’ordre des Art et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

Longo is also a member and co-founder of the art-rock band The X-Patsys, in which he plays the electric guitar and is joined by his wife, the renowned actress, Barbara Sukowa (vocals) and artist Jon Kessler (guitar). Robert Longo lives and works in New York and is represented by Metro Pictures, NYC; Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg; Capitain Petzel, Berlin, and Emilio Mazzoli, Italy.


Nicolás Dumit Estévez

Nicolás Dumit Estévez treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally at venues such as Madrid Abierto/ARCO, The IX Havana Biennial, PERFORMA 05 and 07, IDENSITAT, Prague Quadrennial, The Pontevedra Biennial, The Queens Museum of Art, MoMA, Printed Matter, P.S. 122, Hemispheric Institute of Performance Art and Politics, Princeton University, Rutgers University, The Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, The MacDowell Colony, Provisions Library, El Museo del Barrio, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Center for Book Arts, Longwood Art Gallery/BCA, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Franklin Furnace, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others.

During the past seven years Estévez has received mentorship in art in everyday life from Linda Mary Montano, a historic figure in the field of performance art. Montano and Estévez have also collaborated on several performances. Residencies attended include P.S. 1/MoMA, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. He has received grants from Art Matters, Lambent Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Printed Matter and Puffin Foundation. Estévez Holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; and an MA from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Estévez has curated exhibitions and programs for El Museo del Barrio, the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, Longwood Art Gallery/Bronx Council on the Arts, and the Queens Museum of Art, New York; and for the Filmoteca de Andalucía, Córdoba, Spain. He is currently curating an exhibition from El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection. Publications include Pleased to Meet You, Life as Material for Art and Vice Versa (editor) and For Art’s Sake. Born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, in 2011 Estévez was baptized as a Bronxite; a citizen of the Bronx.


Tavia Nyong’o

Tavia Nyong’o is a cultural critic and an Associate Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He writes on art, music, politics, culture, and theory. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. He is completing a study of fabulation in black aesthetics and embarking on another on queer wildness. Nyong’o has published in venues such as Radical History Review, Criticism, GLQ, TDR, Women & Performance, WSQ, The Nation, Triple Canopy, The New Inquiry, and n+1. He is co-editor of the journal Social Text and the Sexual Cultures book series at New York University press. He regularly blogs at Bully Bloggers.


Alaina Claire Feldman

Alaina Claire Feldman is a curator and Director of Exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI). She was previously an editor at May Revue. Over several years, Feldman has worked with the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir to translate and distribute videos in the archive, culminating in exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York) and SPACE (London). She has organized exhibitions, performances, panels, publications and screenings with artists such as Martha Wilson, Gran Fury, Lorraine O’Grady, Frances Scholz and Mark von Schlegell, Dan Graham, Ulrike Ottinger, The Otolith Group, Alvin Lucier, Allan Sekula, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and many others. She recently curated the exhibition The Ocean After Nature at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), which will travel internationally; and edited the subsequent catalogue. Her writing has appeared in several art journals and in the exhibition catalogues for BLESS N°41 Retroperspektives Home (Kunsthaus Graz), Self-Timer Stories (Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Austrian Cultural Forum NY) Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness (ICI & MAIIAM) and Partenza: Renata Poljak (Galerije Umjetnina, Split).


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