The seventh edition of this performance art biennial homes in on the sociopolitical context of contemporary art practices. On its program are 21 commissions by a cadre of international creators who are addressing today’s shifting political and cultural currents, and the role of art and artists in urban communities. Don’t miss the following presentations.
Barbara Kruger’s Commission
For her collaboration with Performa, the conceptual artist transposes her statement collages onto New York’s urban landscape, staging an installation at a Lower East Side skate park and designing a billboard in Chelsea, among other public-art actions.
African perspectives abound on this platform, which presents cross-boundary works and performances by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu, Nigerian-born photographer Teju Cole, and South African performance artist Tracey Rose.
This program lines up site-specific performances by architects and artists such as Francois Dallegret, Eiko Otake, and Jimmy Robert that underscore architecture’s functional, aesthetic, and vital relationships to performance art.
Held at Public Arts, Performa’s series of late-night shows features electronic producers Shy Boi and Bearcat, multimedia artist Tabita Rezaire, photographer Zanele Muholi, and artist and musician Richard Kennedy.
Kelly Nipper, “Untitled” (2017). Photo: courtesy of the artist and Performa.