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  • 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. 


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

    Barbara Kruger orchestrates her first live performance that expands on her critique of consumerism.


  • 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

  • Xavier Cha, Buffer
    Xavier Cha

    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 start at  $25; Subscription discount applies to Opera House and Harvey Theater presentations only. BAM Fisher presentations are all $25 and are eligible for a subscription package. 

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.