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  • Forever and A Day: Archiving Performa
    Forever and A Day: Archiving Performa

    Artists, archivists, scholars, digital technology experts, and curators contribute strategies for archiving the past decade of performance art in its ascending cultural prominence in this day-long symposium, culminating in an interactive panel regarding how best to archive specific case studies from the Performa Archive.


  • Jimmy Robert, Imitation of Lives
    Jimmy Robert
    Imitation of Lives

    Jimmy Robert’s intimate performance at Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House delves into the intersections of architecture, visibility, and black representation.

  • Narcissister, The Body is a House
    The Body is a House

    Video and performance by Narcissister, whose live works deploy humor, pop songs, elaborate costumes, and her trademark mask – all tools in dismantling what Stuart Hall calls "fixed and closed stereotypical representations.” Short-form live works are interspersed with performances made for camera, and each evening concludes with a respondent in conversation with Narcissister.


  • Teju Cole, Black Paper
    Teju Cole
    Black Paper

    Photography critic for the New York Times Magazine, art historian, and photographer Teju Cole responds to the result of the 2016 election with this burgeoning multimedia presentation, using polyvocal performance to express legibility, premonitions, and dreams.

    $25, $15

  • Xavier Cha, Buffer
    Xavier Cha

    Buffer is a perception-altering new work by Xavier Cha, the 2017 Harkness Foundation Artist in Residence at the BAM Fisher, as part of Performa 17. Comprising three scenes that toggle back and forth like browser windows in a state of perpetual buffering, it lays bare the intimate yet alienated relationships we have with the bodies on our screens.

    Tickets start at  $25; Subscription discount applies to Opera House and Harvey Theater presentations only. BAM Fisher presentations are all $25 and are eligible for a subscription package. 

  • Kemang Wa Lehulere, I cut my skin to liberate the splinter
    Kemang Wa Lehulere
    I cut my skin to liberate the splinter

    This dynamic sonic sculpture installation, inspired by astronomy and African astronomer Thebe Medupe, is executed by the artist and his Cape Town collaborators, who play his “machines”—created instruments—all while performing movements from childhood games. 

    $25, $15

  • Performa AFTERHOURS: Zanele Muholi and BEARCAT
    Performa AFTERHOURS: Zanele Muholi and BEARCAT

    On Saturday November 4th  Zanele Muholi and performers, dancers and singers from South Africa light up Public Arts. This night also features London-born, Brookln-based DJ and Producer BEARCAT.  


Ongoing Projects

  • Barbara Kruger, Untitled (School)
    Barbara Kruger
    Untitled (School)

    Barbara Kruger’s wrapped school bus can be seen driving around Manhattan and parked outside various Performa venues throughout the Biennial. Grounded in activism, feminism and community, Kruger’s signature text is reproduced on a large-scale vinyl format, covering the bus’s forty–foot-long shell.


  • Barbara Kruger (Billboard), Untitled (Know, Believe, Forget)
    Barbara Kruger (Billboard)
    Untitled (Know, Believe, Forget)

    Barbara Kruger uses her instantly recognizable—and frequently appropriated—visual style of delivering highly charged, terse phrases in white Futura Bold font over red blocks to deliver messages around consumerism and feminism inside a skate park, and other public places. 


  • Barbara Kruger at Coleman Skatepark, Untitled (Skate)
    Barbara Kruger at Coleman Skatepark
    Untitled (Skate)

    Created in partnership with NYC Parks and skate park designer Steve Rodriguez, Barbara Kruger will employ her signature effects and strategies to broadcast messages that engage issues of and ideas about power, desire, adoration, contempt, and capital at New York’s most popular skatepark underneath the Manhattan Bridge.


  • Performa 17 Biennial Hub
    Performa 17 Biennial Hub

    Commissioned since Performa 09, the Hub, this year designed by Berlin’s Studio Miessen, is the nerve center and heart of the biennial’s and the Performa Institute’s presence. Spontaneously intersect with staff, books, screenings, events, and artist-in-residence Kenyan literary network Kwani Trust.

  • Zanele Muholi Billboards and Digital Screens
    Zanele Muholi Billboards and Digital Screens

    Zanele Muholi is best known for the portrait series Faces and Phases (2006–ongoing), capturing LGBTQI life in her native South Africa. She spreads her #VisualActivism throughout New York City, publicly exhibiting her photographs, performing queer music, and organizing with black LBTQI communities.