Performa, which was founded by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century the New York-based organization and international biennial dedicated to live performance across the disciplines, announces select Performa Commissions and Consortium projects for Performa 13, celebrating the biennial’s fifth edition to take place November 1 – 24, 2013 at more than 60 venues across New York City.
Among the acclaimed artists who have received the prestigious Performa Commissions and will create new works for the biennial are: Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK), Subodh Gupta (IN), Rosa Barba (IT), Alexander Singh (UK), Marianne Vitale (USA), Raqs Media Collective (IN), Ryan McNamara (USA), Pawel Althamer (PO), Nicholas Hlobo (SA), Tori Wrånes (NO), Florian Hecker (DE) and Rashid Johnson (USA). Additional Performa 13 highlights will also include Pedro Reyes (MX) at the Queens Museum (a new member of the Performa Consortium), Paulo Bruscky (BL) at the Bronx Museum, as well as Ben Patterson (USA), Maren Hassinger (USA) and Tameka Morris (USA) presented as part of the program on Black Performance: Radical Presence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Grey Art Gallery, NYU. “We have a thrilling line-up of new work this year,” says Performa Founding Director and Curator, RoseLee Goldberg, “showing that more and more visual artists consider performance an important medium for expressing their ideas, and that cultural institutions now appreciate performance for its communicability to a broad public and as essential to their programs.” The centerpiece of Performa’s biennial is its internationally renowned Performa Commissions program. These commissions support visual artists taking a step into the performance world, many of them for the first time in their careers. “Performa Commissions allow for a unique and prolonged working relationship with artists,” explains Goldberg.More Information visit: artdaily.com