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  • Eiko Otake, A Body in Places
    Eiko Otake
    A Body in Places

    Japanese-born choreographer Eiko Otake creates a durational movement and video installation inspired by post-nuclear disaster Fukushima that challenges the spaces of all three of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s locations. 

    Free with museum admission


  • 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.


  • Performa Archive selects
    Performa Archive selects

    Welcome to the Performa Archive! We'll follow up Saturday's Forever and A Day: Archiving Performa Symposium, by kicking off our Performa Archive selects, an exciting film program highlighting past Performa Commissions, including Iona Rozeal Brown and Russell Maliphant

    Free


  • Kendell Geers, WhoDoVooDuchamp ?
    Kendell Geers
    WhoDoVooDuchamp ?

    African Artist Kendell Geers loves to hate and hates to love the father of conceptual art. In this spoken word ritual killing of the father, historical fact, mythology, fiction and fantasy are blended in a quasi-art historical spoken word performance.
     

    Suggested Donation $10 general/$5 students

    Tickets for sale at the box office


  • 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.


  • Performa Archive selects
    Performa Archive selects

    Welcome to the Performa Archive! We'll follow up Saturday's Forever and A Day: Archiving Performa Symposium, by kicking off our Performa Archive selects, an exciting film program highlighting past Performa Commissions, including Iona Rozeal Brown and Russell Maliphant

    Free


  • Zanele Muholi at the Leslie-Lohman Museum , Masihambisane - On Visual Activism
    Zanele Muholi at the Leslie-Lohman Museum
    Masihambisane - On Visual Activism

    An information station created by Zanele Muholi where visitors can learn about LGBTQI rights in South Africa and Muholi's long-term activism. This activation is a potent, interactive connection between South Africa and New York City.   

    Free


  • 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
    Narcissister
    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.

    Free


  • William Kentridge, Ursonate
    William Kentridge
    Ursonate

    Johannesburg artist William Kentridge, best known for drawing impressionist, stop-motion charcoal animations of postcolonial life in South Africa, interrogates Performa 17’s research theme of Dada in a new performance based on Kurt Schwitters’s seminal 1932 sound poem Ursonate.

    $40, $25


  • 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


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.

    Free


  • 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. 

    Free


  • 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.

    Free


  • 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.

    Free