‘100 Years of Performance’ traces the development of performance art over the past century with a wealth of assembled archive documents, photography, film, documentary and audio materials and culminates in a performance festival curated by Klaus Biesenbach, PS1 Chief Curatorial Advisor and MoMA Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art.

‘100 Years of Performance’ (Version #3, Moscow, June 2010) provides a fascinating overview of some of the most significant performance art movements, happenings and seminal works from the Futurist Manifesto in 1909 until the present day. The exhibition includes work by Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1965); Francis Alÿs’ When Faith Moves Mountains (2002); Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint (2005).


Klaus Biesenbach and RoseLee Goldberg

Curator profile:

Klaus Biesenbach is Director of MoMA PS1 and a Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art. Biesenbach was appointed Curator in MoMA’s Department of Film and Media in 2004 and became Chief Curatorial Advisor at MoMA PS1. He was named Chief Curator of MoMA’s newly formed Department of Media in 2006, which was broadened to the Department of Media and Performance Art in 2009. As Chief Curator of the department, Biesenbach led a range of pioneering initiatives, including the launch of a new performance art exhibition series; an ongoing series of workshops for artists and curators, important aquisitions of media and performance art; and the museum’s presentation in 2010 of a major retrospective of the work of the performance artist Marina Abramović.

Among the recent exhibitions Biesenbach has organized internationally are Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh (2009); Pipilotti Rist: Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters) (2008); Take your time: Olafur Eliasson (2008, with Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography), Doug Aitken: sleepwalkers (2007, co-commissioned with Creative Time), Regarding Terror: The Red Army Faction Exhibition (Berlin and Graz, 2005); The Shanghai Biennale (2002); Venice Biennale (1995); Hybrid Workspace at Documenta X (Kassel, 1997); and 37 Rooms (Berlin, 1992).

Biesenbach founded Kunst-Werke (KW) Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin in 1991, as well as the Berlin Biennale in 1996, and remains Founding Director of both entities.

RoseLee Goldberg is an American-based art historian, author, critic and curator. She wrote a study of performance art, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present. First published in 1979 and now in its third edition (2001), Goldberg’s book is now a key text for teaching performance in universities and has been translated into over seven languages. As director of the Royal College of Art Gallery, London, Goldberg set precedents[citation needed] for exhibiting modern and contemporary performance and organized exhibitions, performance series, and symposia on a broad range of multi-disciplinary artists including Marina Abramovic, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Brian Eno, the Kipper Kids, Piero Manzoni, Anthony McCall, and Christo and Jeanne Claude. Goldberg was curator at The Kitchen, New York, where she presented works by Laurie Anderson, Phillip Glass, Peter Gordon, Meredith Monk, and Robert Wilson and curated the first solo exhibitions of Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman, among others.

Goldberg has curated several performance series including “Six Evenings of Performance,” as part of the High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture, exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Couleurs Superposees: Acte VII, a performance by Daniel Buren, (in association with Works & Process), at the Guggenheim, New York. In 2001 Goldberg commissioned and produced Logic of the Birds, a multi-media performance by Shirin Neshat in collaboration with composer and singer Sussan Deyhim. She is a frequent contributor to Artforum, and her publications include Performance Since 1960 (1998), Laurie Anderson (2000) and Shirin Neshat (2002). Goldberg has two forthcoming books in 2007: PERFORMA, the first in a series of publications to accompany the PERFORMA biennials and Performance Now: New Art, New Dance, New Media published by Thames and Hudson. She was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication.

100 Years of Performance (Version #3, Moscow, June 2010)
19 June – 29 September 2010
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

Published on 22-06-2010

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