Performa is thrilled to announce Performa 17, the visual art performance vanguard’s seventh edition taking place, November 1–19, 2017.
Performa 17 invites New York to experience the cross-disciplinary works of 32 international artists at venues spanning the entire city including: Harlem Parish, The Bronx Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Black Lady Theatre, Art in General, Leslie-Lohman Museum, The Schomburg Center, Participant Inc., Brooklyn Academy of Music, Coleman Skate Park, Stone Wall Inn, and Estonia House.
The Performa 17 Hub, the Biennial headquarters and home of the Performa Institute, will offer invigorating programming—talks, screenings, music, and performances—at 427 Broadway in the heart of SoHo. Designed by Studio Miessen, the Hub is where 35 artists, 12 curators, and 40,000 attendees come together.
Two years of in-depth art historical research will culminate in the three-week Biennial offering six programs: South African and Estonian Pavilion Without Walls, AFROGLOSSIA, Circulations, AFTERHOURS, and Dada’s 100 year legacy. Performa 17 demands close considerations of today’s most pressing social issues, tackling the multiplicity of African identities, how performance is shaped by the built environment and vice versa, and how Dadaism remains salient in the subversive consciousness of contemporary artists.
On November 1, Performa 17’s annual gala will celebrate the pioneering work of Yoko Ono and Performa Trustee, Wendy Fisher. Barbara Kruger will open the first week with her Untitled series, adapting her directive slogans into six modes of messaging and Zanele Muholi will employ the power of imagery as activism presenting her photography city-wide. Mohau Modisakeng will lead three processions of performers through Manhattan carrying belongings that illustrate the forced removal of communities such as Cape Town’s District 6 and Seneca Falls, NY. Read more