Loading Events

Intersections with Art and Performance

« Back to Events
This event has passed.
Apr 5, 2010
Apr 5, 2010
Segal Theater
Sharon Hayes. Revolutionary Love 2: I Am Your Best Fantasy. (2008; performance documentation.) Photo Courtesy of Creative Time

Sharon Hayes. Revolutionary Love 2:
I Am Your Best Fantasy.
(2008; performance documentation.)
Photo Courtesy of Creative Time

Gavin Kroeber (Creative Time) leads a panel featuring artists Sharon Hayes and Alix Pearlstein, the Radiohole ensemble, and curator Nancy Spector, exploring the porous lines of affinity and bias that connect and separate performance art and the performing arts. To what degree are the burgeoning opportunities enjoyed by performance in the visual arts sphere the result of intentional disciplinary distinction, and to what degree is the institutionalization of performance art moving the form towards the mechanisms of the performing arts (casting, rehearsal, repetition, and dramaturgy)? Must cutting-edge theatre and dance artists cross over into visual performance art to find adequate spaces and sympathetic audiences, or can the American performing arts adapt to accommodate performance more broadly construed? Eschewing naïve scenarios of disciplinary rapprochement and nostalgic discussions of 20th century performance movements, this panel will bring artists and curators that are employing techniques across shifting disciplinary lines into lively dialogue, discussing how flexible practices benefit artistic inquiry, challenge institutional approaches and develop spaces for social rapport between often segregated art worlds.

Sharon Hayes‘ work is currently featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and the 4th Auckland Triennial. In recent years, her work has been included in documenta 12, Kassel, the 11th Istanbul Biennial and the 3rd Yokohama Triennial. In London, she has shown at Lisson Gallery and Tate Modern; and in New York at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Artists Space, Art-in-General and the New Museum.

Gavin Kroeber is Producer at Creative Time, where he has been instrumental in the realization of several major programs since 2005, including Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), David Byrne’s Playing the Building (2008) and Jeremy Deller’s It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq (2009). Originally trained as a stage designer, his independent practice as Producer increasingly encompasses social, culinary and other cultural projects outside of traditional arts disciplines.

Alix Pearlstein’s work in video and performance has been widely exhibited internationally. A solo exhibition entitled Talent is forthcoming at On Stellar Rays in New York. Selected solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; The Kitchen, NYC; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA; Lugar Commum, Lisbon; Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, NYC; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Postmasters Gallery, NYC. Her works have been included in exhibitions at Internationale D’Art De Quebec; The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; the Annual Exhibition of Visual Art, Ireland; BAM / PFA, Berkeley; SMAK, Ghent; Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; ICA Philadelphia; Biennale de Lyon, France; and Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Pearlstein lives and works in New York.

Radiohole is a Brooklyn based ensemble founded in1998 by Maggie Hoffman, Scott Halvorsen Gillette, Erin Douglass and Eric Dyer.  The company’s work is, broadly speaking, situated in the somewhere in the undefined borders between theater, music, art and party. Radiohole emphasizes a collective process and is known for its rigorous yet playful design, hands-on use of a wide variety of technology and the raw energy it brings to its performances. The company has created ten original works. In NYC, Radiohole has performed at PS122, the Performing Garage, the Kitchen, the Knitting Factory and the Collapsable Hole. The company has toured in the US and Europe. Its most recent work, *Whatever, Heaven Allows* was recently performed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and at PS122.

Nancy Spector is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, where she oversees the acquisition strategy for the permanent collection and the global exhibition calendar for the institution and its affiliates. She has organized exhibitions on conceptual photography, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Richard Prince, and Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle.  She co-organized Moving Pictures andSingular Forms (Sometimes Repeated). She was one of the curators of Monument to Now, an exhibition of the Dakis Joannou Collection, which premiered in Athens as part of the Olympics program. She was Adjunct Curator of the 1997 Venice Biennale and co-organizer of the first Berlin Biennale in 1998. Under the auspices of the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, she has initiated special commissions by Andreas Slominski, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Lawrence Weiner as well as a special exhibition comparing the work of Joseph Beuys and Matthew Barney. She has contributed to numerous books on contemporary visual culture with essays on artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Luc Tuymans, Douglas Gordon, Tino Sehgal, and Pierre Huyghe. She has served as a regular columnist for Frieze magazine.  In 2007 she was the U.S. Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, where she presented an exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Spector is a recipient of the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curators Award. She recently organized both a group exhibition entitled theanyspacewhatever for the Guggenheim and a large-scale exhibition of Tino Sehgal’s work.

6:30 p.m., Monday, April 5, 2010
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!