• Laurie Simmons, The Music of Regret, 2005. Film still. Act 3

    Laurie Simmons, The Music of Regret, 2005. A Performa commission film still. Act 3. Courtesy of Performa. Photo: Paula Court

Free entry

06 Sep - 04 Mar 2018

Gallery 4

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Commissions from Performa’s Archive

6 September 2017 – 4 March 2018

Pantomime horses, a harp and brass marching band, a caped prom queen adorned in flowers and more accompany artist Mike Kelley (b. 1954, USA) wearing a floppy straw hat. This satirical half-time basketball musical, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction # 32 Plus, was commissioned by Performa and staged at Judson Church on Washington Square South in 2009.

Founded in 2004 by renowned historian and curator, RoseLee Goldberg, Performa influenced the direction of museums and biennials by incorporating historical and newly commissioned live art within a network of public and private venues. Since its inception the biennial has presented over 64 new works, and over 450 artists have collaborated with numerous curators to stage extraordinary cross-disciplinary events involving dance, film, music, architecture and food.

This exhibition is the first opportunity for audiences to access
Performa’s remarkable archive outside of New York and marks the global impact of performance in the twenty-first century. These significant documentary recordings explore how a time-based art form can be experienced again today.

Featuring Jérôme Bel, Sanford Biggers, Candice Breitz, Iona
Rozeal Brown, Elmgreen and Dragset, Omer Fast, David
Hallberg, Christian Jankowski, Jesper Just, Wyatt Kahn,
Mike Kelley, Jon Kessler, Ragnar Kjartansson, Arto Lindsay,
Liz Magic Laser, Ryan McNamara, Oscar Murillo, Kelly Nipper,
Adam Pendleton, Yvonne Rainer, Raqs Media Collective,
Robin Rhode, Mika Rottenberg, Francesco Vezzoli.


The Whitechapel Gallery archive exhibitions are generously supported by Catherine Petitgas.

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