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  • Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, The Newcomers
    Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley
    The Newcomers

    With The Newcomers, an architectural installation and durational performance, Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley propose a responsive form of habitation that challenges the discipline to think beyond permanence. 


  • 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.


  • Kwani Trust, Everyone is Radicalizing (Day Five)
    Kwani Trust
    Everyone is Radicalizing (Day Five)

    Omar Berrada discusses an ongoing project investigating histories of trans-Saharan encounters.  Teju Cole’s gives a DJ lecture exploring the way music, over the past 25 years, has played an essential role in his personal notion of Africanness.


  • Teju Cole, Black Listening
    Teju Cole
    Black Listening

    Teju Cole’s DJ lecture is an exploration of the way music, over the past 25 years, played an essential role in his personal notion of African-ness


  • Anu Vahtra, Open House Closing. A Walk
    Anu Vahtra
    Open House Closing. A Walk

    Anu Vahtra’s project Open House Closing. A Walk activates vacant storefronts and spaces in SoHo, each displaying a different “scene" in an overall narrative. Vahtra is renowned for her artistic approach to site-specific space-oriented subjects and for the diligent methods of articulating them. Vahtra’s site-specific installations, which often include photography, use the space around them, making the site both the subject and the form of the work. For Performa, Vahtra looks to the legacy of Gordon Matta-Clark and the current phenomenon of “post-gentrification,” to draw links between SoHo’s past and present.


  • Merike Estna and Maria Metsalu, Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Presence
    Merike Estna and Maria Metsalu
    Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Presence

    Merike Estna’s new performance Red Herring and Maria Metsalu’s Mademoiselle X are part of Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Presence exhibition. The exhibition posits if our over-consumption of virtual space has provoked a deep mutation in the psychosphere and explores the zombified body as a response to today’s evolving societal structures. 


  • Yto Barrada , Tree Identification for Beginners
    Yto Barrada
    Tree Identification for Beginners

    In the summer of 1966, the artist’s mother, a 20-year old Moroccan student-socialist, was one of some fifty “Young African Leaders” invited on a State Department sponsored propaganda tour of the USA. She was drawn instead towards the Pan-African and Black Power movements. In this film Barrada interweaves events of political history with her own family stories and myths. 

    $25, $15

  • Gillian Walsh, Moon Fate Sin
    Gillian Walsh
    Moon Fate Sin

    New York-based choreographer Gillian Walsh presents Moon Fate Sin, her latest work developed in collaboration with Emily Hoffman, that ponders the pursuit of dance on the onset of world war.

    Advance tickets: $22 General / $15 Reduced for Danspace Members

    Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 (cash or check only)

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. 


  • 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.