April 13, 2015

Panel discussion:“Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting”

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Amelia Bande performing at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 2015.

“Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting” will explore key complex issues surrounding the current tendency to re-perform historical works. How do artists (and sometimes institutions) re-enact a performance outside of its original artistic milieu? How do re-enacted performances differ from the original work (temporally, contextually) and how can we continue to present them in the now? Should there be a standardization for presenting performance today? Bringing together artists and art historians who have extensive engagements with performance in New York, this panel will consider the participants’ diverse approaches in answering these questions through several specific case studies.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Performing Franklin Furnace at Pratt Manhattan Gallery and Martha Wilson: Downtown at NYU Fales Library (both on view through April 30) and with the performance series Performing Franklin Furnace at Participant Inc. (which took place in February/March 2015).

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works.

Robert Longo is an internationally recognized visual artist known for his large-scale works in various media: drawing, sculpture, film, performance and music. He has exhibited extensively at museums throughout Europe, Asia and the United States including such venues as the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and the Whitney Biennial.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the US as well as internationally at venues such as Madrid Abierto/ARCO, The IX Havana Biennial, Performa 05 and 07, The Queens Museum of Art, MoMA, Printed Matter, P.S. 122, El Museo del Barrio, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Franklin Furnace, among many others.

Tavia Nyong’o is a cultural critic and an Associate Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He writes on art, music, politics, culture, and theory. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies.

Alaina Claire Feldman is Director of Exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI) where she oversees a program of international exhibitions of contemporary art. She is a contributor to Afterall, Flash Art, and Kaleidoscope and has guest lectured in venues internationally. Feldman is the founder and curator of Other Movies, an itinerant film series concerned with transnational feminism and the moving image, and is on the Council for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.


Performing Franklin Furnace is organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and was initiated by guest curator Peter Dykhuis. The exhibition, tour, and the accompanying publication Martha Wilson Sourcebook are made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, and by the generous support of the ICI Board of Trustees.
Free and open to the public, no RSVP necessary.



Panel discussion: “Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting” at Pratt Manhattan Center

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