Performance Now debut at Wesleyan University

Clifford Owens, Anthology (Nsenga Knight), 2011.

Performance Now, in its Wesleyan University debut, shows how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last 10 years from around the globe. Video, film and photography by artists including Marina Abramovic, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons are showcased in Zilkha Gallery. The film series section has been selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson ‘05. Performance Now is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, and will continue to schedule events exploring new ideas with performance art today.

For more information on Performance Now events at Wesleyan Universoty, please visit the official Wesleyan blog here.

Performance Now
Friday, September 7–Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

September 11:
5 pm
Opening reception
Free admission

5:30 pm
Gallery Talk with Curator RoseLee Goldberg

October 20:
Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art

November 17:
2 pm
Lecture by RoseLee Goldberg

Film Series
September 20
French Conceptual Dance

October 25
The Films of Just

November 15
Other Worlds: Daria Martin and Laurie Simmons

September 7, 2012 - December 9, 2013

Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
September 7, 2012–December 9, 2012


RoseLee Goldberg

RoseLee Goldberg’s seminal study, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (first published in 1979 and now in its third edition) is regarded as the leading text for understanding the development of the genre and has been translated into more languages (including Chinese, Croatian, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian) than any other book of its kind. When director of the Royal College of Art (RCA) Gallery in London, Goldberg established a program that pioneered an integrative approach to curating exhibitions, performance, and symposia, directly involving the various departments of the RCA in all aspects of the exhibitions program. As curator at The Kitchen in New York she continued to advocate for multi-disciplinary practices to have equal prominence by establishing the exhibition space, a video viewing room, and a performance series. It was here that Goldberg curated the first solo exhibitions of Cindy Sherman, Sherri Levine, Robert Longo, Jack Goldstein and The Kipper Kids, among others. Most recently, her vision in the creation of Performa has set a precedent for performance art that is now impacting museum programming and diverse audiences across the U.S. and abroad. In 2010 she was awarded the ICI Agnes Gund Curatorial Award and in 2006 named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Since 1987, Goldberg has taught at New York University.

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