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  • Kemang Wa Lehulere in conversation
    Kemang Wa Lehulere in conversation

    Wa Lehulere discusses his Performa Commission, the sculptural sound work, I cut my skin to liberate the splinter, with Evan Moffitt, Assistant Editor of Frieze magazine.  


  • Jimmy Robert in conversation with Mario Gooden
    Jimmy Robert in conversation with Mario Gooden

    Artist Jimmy Robert reflects on his Performa Commission at Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Imitation of Lives, with architect and Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Mario Gooden. 


  • AFROGLOSSIA Film Program
    AFROGLOSSIA Film Program

    Co-presented with Anthology Film Archives, AFROGLOSSIA's commissions are contextualized by a special four-day film program comprising moving image works that influenced the participating artists’ commissions or their overall practice. 

    General admission $11, Students & Seniors $9

  • William Kentridge, Ursonate
    William Kentridge

    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

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.