• 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


  • 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 


  • 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.

    Free


  • Barbara Kruger, Untitled (The Drop)
    Barbara Kruger
    Untitled (The Drop)

    Barbara Kruger's first live performance.

    $5


  • 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


  • Brian Belott, People Pie Pool
    Brian Belott
    People Pie Pool

    Brian Belott will present a new stage-based piece inspired by the rebellious legacy of DADA, American stand-up comedy, the history of slapstick, and vaudeville. Belott will choreograph a comedy of simultaneity, paying homage to the work of Kurt Schwitters, the Marx Brothers, Andy Kaufman, Lenny Bruce and many others. 

    $25, $15


  • Brian Belott in conversation
    Brian Belott in conversation

    Artist Brian Belott speaks with curator Jens Hoffman in the lead-up to his DADA-inspired Performa Commission, People Pie Pool.

    Free


  • Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson in conversation
    Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson in conversation

    Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson share reflections on Marching On, their performance made in collaboration with the Marching Cobras of New York.​

    Free


  • Bryony Roberts, Mabel O. Wilson, and The Marching Cobras of New York, Marching On
    Bryony Roberts, Mabel O. Wilson, and The Marching Cobras of New York
    Marching On

    Roberts and Wilson, commissioned by Storefront, collaborate with Harlem-based after-school drumline and dance team the Marching Cobras of New York to explore the significance of marching as an act of both cultural expression and political resistance.

    Free


  • Circulations Conference
    Circulations Conference

    Circulations Architecture Conference's wide-ranging program of talks, screenings, and performances addresses how performance can interrogate, challenge, and inform the field of architecture from multiple viewpoints.

    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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Estonian Film Program
    Estonian Film Program

    As part of the Estonian Pavilion Without Walls, this hour-long short film program spans over two decades of works showing the presence of performance in Estonian contemporary art, as seen through the camera. The program touches on questions of identity, while demonstrating the inherent fragility in today’s social constructs and relationships. The program features works by Jaan Toomik, Ene-Liis Semper, Mark Raidpere, Marko Mäetamm, Marge Monko, and Taavi Talve among others.

    Free


  • Estonian Pavilion Symposium, Call for Action: Key Moments in Estonian Performance Art
    Estonian Pavilion Symposium
    Call for Action: Key Moments in Estonian Performance Art

    The lecture and screening on Estonian performance takes place within the Estonian Pavilion without Walls, providing context for Performa commissions and projects through a survey of the key moments in the history of performance art in the country from late 1960s until today.

    Free


  • Flo Kasearu, Ainult liikmetele (Members Only)
    Flo Kasearu
    Ainult liikmetele (Members Only)

    Ainult liikmetele (Members Only) is a site-specific project in the New York Estonian House, creating a new narrative for the house filled with humor and absurdity. The artist and the manager of the house lead the tours providing new insights into the complexity of national identity.

    $20, $15


  • Flo Kasearu in conversation
    Flo Kasearu in conversation

    Artist Flo Kasearu talks about her work for the Estonian Pavilion, Ainult liikmetele (Members Only), held at New York’s exclusive Estonian House.

    Free


  • 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.

    Free


  • François Dallegret, with Dimitri Chamblas and François Perrin, The Environment-Bubble
    François Dallegret, with Dimitri Chamblas and François Perrin
    The Environment-Bubble

    François Dallegret’s provocative, unrealized structure initially designed to challenge architecture is brought to life for the first time by architect François Perrin, setting it free to roam around the city and host public dance workshops with choreographer Dimitri Chamblas. 

    Free, please RSVP for the dance workshops


  • François Dallegret, with Dimitri Chamblas and François Perrin, The Environment-Bubble
    François Dallegret, with Dimitri Chamblas and François Perrin
    The Environment-Bubble

    François Dallegret’s provocative, unrealized structure initially designed to challenge architecture is brought to life for the first time by architect François Perrin, setting it free to roam around the city and host public dance workshops with choreographer Dimitri Chamblas. 

    Free, please RSVP for the dance workshops.


  • 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)


  • House of Cards , Mei Lun Xue, Ryan Luke Johns, and Stephen Fan
    House of Cards
    Mei Lun Xue, Ryan Luke Johns, and Stephen Fan

    House of Cards engages participants in a game of chance to create an architectural installation, and blurs the spaces of labor and leisure.

    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.

    Tickets: $50. A limited number of $35 student tickets are available, please email rsvp@theglasshouse.org for more details.


  • 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. 

    Free


  • Julie Mehretu and Jason Moran, MASS (HOWL, eon)
    Julie Mehretu and Jason Moran
    MASS (HOWL, eon)

    For several months following the 2016 elections, jazz pianist, composer, and performance artist Jason Moran wrote music alongside Julie Mehretu as she painted in her studio, a former church in Harlem. The result is a score of quickly paced, melancholic songs, resulting in a pairing of two sublime artworks.

    $40, $25


  • Kelly Nipper, Terre Mécanique
    Kelly Nipper
    Terre Mécanique

    In collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, Kelly Nipper presents a live performance for her Performa Commission for the Performa 17 biennial. Terre Mécanique is an installation for five performers in a rapid liquid printing laboratory.  Rooted in Laban movement systems, photographic mechanisms, and 3D printing, this new work deconstructs notions of volumes, voids, and darkness as a phenomenon

    $25, $15


  • Kelly Nipper in conversation with Noam M. Elcott
    Kelly Nipper in conversation with Noam M. Elcott

    Kelly Nipper discusses her Performa Commission Terre Mécanique with Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Media at Columbia University, Noam M. Elcott.

    Free


  • 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


  • 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.  

    Free


  • Kendell Geers, RitualResist
    Kendell Geers
    RitualResist

    A man and a woman stand off in poetic battle, holding between them a double sided mirror using only their body weight and pressure to keep it from falling. If either loses their step or fails to resist, both will fall and the illusion shattered. The struggle with the image transforms with time into a battle of spirit and energy as physical exhaustion takes its toll. Neither can see the other and stares blindly at the reflected image of their own naked torso, cut at the waste with the legs of their partner in an androgynous portrait of Ritualised Resistance.

    $15 general/$10 students


  • 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 work performance. Everything you thought you knew about Marcel Duchamp will be changed forever as he is exposed as spy, Rosicrucian, initiate, sexual predator, secret society master general and thief. Tighten the seatbelts of your expectations as you are taken on a guided tour, racing through time in a spectacular detour of history, by a master trickster of the spoken word.


     

    Suggested Donation $10 general/$5 students

    Tickets for sale at the box office


  • 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


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

    Introduction to Everyone is Radicalizing, and philosopher Kai Kresse discusses Islamic Cultures In The Context of Radicalization in East Africa.

    Free


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

    Kenyan artist and poet Neo Musangi discusses contemporary photography on the African continent with Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma and American artist Lyle Ashton Harris.

    Free


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

    Wangechi Mutu and Curator Adrienne Edwards discuss interrelation of abstraction and performance in Mutu's work, followed by a discussion of "Contemporary Literature and Radicalization."

    Free


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

    Kenyan artist Neo Musangi discusses Nairobi's queer identities and urban youth radicalization with scholar Tavia Nyong’o.​

    Free


  • 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.

    Free


  • 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. 

    Free


  • Mohau Modisakeng, ZION
    Mohau Modisakeng
    ZION

    The Soweto-based artist choreographs this street procession of 20 dancers carrying personal possessions, baggage, and furniture, enacting the blistered legacy of segregation, violent displacement, colonialism, and apartheid coursing through South African history. 

    Free


  • 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


  • 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


  • Opening Night, Performa 17 Opening Night Gala
    Opening Night
    Performa 17 Opening Night Gala

    Opening Night Gala and Celebration, honoring Yoko Ono and Wendy Fisher


  • Performa 17 Opening Night Artist Party
    Performa 17 Opening Night Artist Party

    Performa 17 Opening Night Artist Party 

    Tickets:

    Opening Night Gala Dinner Guests – Free

    Performa Visionaries and Friend Members $125 – Become a Member Today!

    Non-Members $150

    ($65 non-deductible)


  • Performa AFTERHOURS: Richard Kennedy, Tabita Rezaire and SHYBOI
    Performa AFTERHOURS: Richard Kennedy, Tabita Rezaire and SHYBOI

    Richard Kennedy, Tabita Rezaire, and DJ SHYBOI bring a night of spiritual rejuvenation and reflection to Public Arts.  Performances include  an immersive, participatory yoga-inspired workshop from Rezaire, a set from SHYBOI and Kennedy’s musical explorations into decolonial possibilities for opera and gospel.    

    $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.  

    $15


  • 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


  • 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

    Free


  • The Ancient Art of Laying of the Stones
    The Ancient Art of Laying of the Stones

    Introduction to crystal healing, a healing modality that works directly with the light, color, beauty, and perfect geometric forms that the mineral kingdom provides to assist us in balancing all aspects of our being. 

    Free


  • The Nest Collective
    The Nest Collective

    Founded in 2012 in Nairobi, the Nest Collective is a small army of thinkers, makers and believers. Exploring troubling modern identities, re-imagining pasts and remixing futures, their works acknowledge individual perspectives and privileges through film, music, fashion, visual arts and literature. 

    General admission $11, Students & Seniors $9


  • Theatrical Scaffolding: A Flexible Stage
    Theatrical Scaffolding: A Flexible Stage

    A lecture at the Center for Architecture exploring the relationship between scaffolding and performance; speakers include choreographer-artists Elizabeth Streb and Ralph Lemon.

    $10 for General Admission

    Free for AIA members and students with valid ID


  • Tracey Rose, THE TRACEY ROSE SHOW IN COLLABORATION WITH PERFORMA17 AND AFROGLOSSIA PRESENTS: THE GOOD SHIP JESUS VS THE BLACK STAR LINE HITCHING A RIDE WITH DIE ALIBAMA [WORKING TITLE]
    Tracey Rose
    THE TRACEY ROSE SHOW IN COLLABORATION WITH PERFORMA17 AND AFROGLOSSIA PRESENTS: THE GOOD SHIP JESUS VS THE BLACK STAR LINE HITCHING A RIDE WITH DIE ALIBAMA [WORKING TITLE]

    Part 2 of 2: SHOW

    This three-day long collaborative performance, staged within a sculpture modeled after the then-innovative black-and-white Blaupunkt television which the artist’s parents purchased in the 1970s, takes the form of a televised boxing match, incorporating videos of performance homages made in New York City. 

    $25, $15


  • Tracey Rose, THE TRACEY ROSE SHOW IN COLLABORATION WITH PERFORMA17 AND AFROGLOSSIA PRESENTS: THE GOOD SHIP JESUS VS THE BLACK STAR LINE HITCHING A RIDE WITH DIE ALIBAMA [WORKING TITLE]
    Tracey Rose
    THE TRACEY ROSE SHOW IN COLLABORATION WITH PERFORMA17 AND AFROGLOSSIA PRESENTS: THE GOOD SHIP JESUS VS THE BLACK STAR LINE HITCHING A RIDE WITH DIE ALIBAMA [WORKING TITLE]

    Part 1 of 2: PLAY

    This three-day long collaborative performance, staged within a sculpture modeled after the then-innovative black-and-white Blaupunkt television which the artist’s parents purchased in the 1970s, takes the form of a televised boxing match, incorporating videos of performance homages made in New York City. 

    Free


  • Tree Identification Walk with Yto Barrada and Lisa Nett
    Tree Identification Walk with Yto Barrada and Lisa Nett

    Performa 17 artist Yto Barrada and Brooklyn-based educator Lisa Nett lead a tree identification walk through Prospect Park. 

    Free


  • Wangechi Mutu, Banana Stroke
    Wangechi Mutu
    Banana Stroke

    New York and Nairobi-based artist Wangechi Mutu builds on her painting, sculpture, and performances for the camera to create a total, immersive environment as an outgrowth of a live, multimedia performance, one which references her native Kenya, global politics, self-image, gender construction, and environmental destruction.

    Free with museum admission


  • Wangechi Mutu and Adrienne Edwards in Conversation
    Wangechi Mutu and Adrienne Edwards in Conversation

    The Performa 17 biennial artist and curator discuss the interrelation of abstraction and performance in Mutu's work over the past two years. 

    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


  • Xavier Cha, Buffer
    Xavier Cha
    Buffer

    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 starts at  $25

    Buy 4 or more events and save. Subscription discount applies to Opera House and Harvey Theater presentations only.

    BAM Fisher presentations are all $25 and are eligible for a subscription package. 


  • 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


  • Zanele Muholi at BAAD!, Masihambisane - On Visual Activism
    Zanele Muholi at BAAD!
    Masihambisane - On Visual Activism

    Zanele Muholi and writer Staceyann Chin talk about their work as part of BAAD's series of Courageous Conversations: Strategies for Living and Loving in America. 

    Free with RSVP.


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

    The grande finale for Zanele Muholi's city-wide #VisualActivism project takes place at the Bronx Museum for the Arts. With performances by Zanele's team of Africa-based performers and activists, and local artists from The Bronx.

    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


  • Zanele Muholi at The Schomburg Center, Masihambisane - On Visual Activism
    Zanele Muholi at The Schomburg Center
    Masihambisane - On Visual Activism

    Artist Renee Cox in conversation with Zanele Muholi.

    Free


  • Zanele Muholi at the Stonewall Inn, Masihambisane - On Visual Activism
    Zanele Muholi at the Stonewall Inn
    Masihambisane - On Visual Activism

    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.

     $10 


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.