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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. 

    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


  • 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


  • Nicholas Hlobo, umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower
    Nicholas Hlobo
    umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower

    Challenging expectations of sexuality and identity within Xhosa culture, Cape Town artist Nicholas Hlobo expands his 2016 performance umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower, which presented men working cotton and silk at sewing machines in exploration of domesticity, labor, and globalization. 

    Free


  • Nicholas Hlobo, umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower
    Nicholas Hlobo
    umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower

    Challenging expectations of sexuality and identity within Xhosa culture, Cape Town artist Nicholas Hlobo expands his 2016 performance umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower, which presented men working cotton and silk at sewing machines in exploration of domesticity, labor, and globalization. 

    Free


  • Kris Lemsalu in collaboration with Kyp Malone, Going, Going
    Kris Lemsalu in collaboration with Kyp Malone
    Going, Going

    For her Performa Project Going, Going Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu collaborates with New York-based artist and musician Kyp Malone. They present a live performance featuring the melding of ceramic-based costumes and sculptures by Lemsalu, animated video works by Malone, songs and spoken word.

    $15 / $12 member / $10 student


  • 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


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


  • 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.