Event Date and Time:
September 25, 2013
Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
This panel discussion will bring together an array of artists--working in the visual arts, music, theater, education, and political and community activism--to examine connections between performance art and participatory images. Addressing the integral role of such images in their work, speakers will highlight the notion of radical performance art and examine how it has shaped the contemporary art landscape. Moderated by Karen Finley, Arts Professor of Art and Public Policy, TSOA, NYU, and Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of Photography and Imaging, TSOA, NYU, with Derrick Adams, Holly Bass, Clifford Owens, Xaviera Simmons, and Danny Tisdale.
Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist who's practice is rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and the perception of ideals attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols and ideologies - and how they are formed. His work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface while exploring the shape-shifting force of popular culture in our lives. Learning also functions as both subject and object in his work, which derive from impressionable experiences associated with iconography from American culture, educational television programming and the institutional critique in contemporary art. Shedding light on persuasive, performative and often duplicitous identities, as well as on architectural objects and iconography, the work he creates also reflects the relationship between man and monument as they coexist in the landscape as representations of one another. He is an alumnus of The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program and received his BFA from Pratt Institute and his MFA from Columbia University. His exhibition and performance highlights include: PS1/MoMA Greater New York 2005, Performa 05, Brooklyn Museum Open House, The Kitchen NYC 2010, Collette Blanchard Gallery 2010 and The Bearden Project at Studio Museum in Harlem 2011. He is the recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an honored finalist for the 2011 William H. Johnson Prize.
Holly Bass is a writer, performer and director. Her most recent body of work explores the endless allure of booty – from the Venus Hottentots to video vixens. A Cave Canem fellow, her poems have appeared in Callaloo, nocturnes (re)view, Beltway,Role Call (Third World Press) and The Ringing Ear, an anthology of Black Southern poetry. Her pieces have been workshopped and presented at respected regional theaters and performance spaces such as the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, the Whitney Museum and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. She is the Cullen Poet-in-Residence for Busboys & Poets (DC) where she coordinates open mic nights and writing workshops for the public. She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She was the first journalist to put the term "hip hop theater" into print in a 1999 American Theatre article. She was a founding member of DC WritersCorps and continues to work as a teaching artist in schools, colleges and community centers. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive 2008 Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival.
Clifford Owens’ art has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His solo exhibitions include, “Anthology: Clifford Owens” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2011-2012) and “Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens” Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2011); his group exhibitions include, “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” Contemporary Arts Museum (2012), “Deliverance” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2012), “Greater New York 2005” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2005), and “Freestyle” The Studio Museum in Harlem” (2001). He studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mason Gross School of Visual Arts Rutgers University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Clifford was an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Clifford has received numerous grants and fellowships including the William H. Johnson Prize, Art Matters Grant, a Louis Tiffany Comfort Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Community Trust, the Lambent Foundation, and the Rutgers University Ralph Bunche Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Publications, reviews, and interviews about his work include the New York Times, Art +Auction, Village Voice, Art in America, The New Yorker, BOMB, The Wall Street Journal, Greater New York 2005, Performa: New Visual Art Performance, Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, and Why Art Photography. He has written for exhibition catalogues and for the New York Times. He has lectured widely about his work and has held visiting artist faculty positions at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Clifford’s recent project, Anthology, was the subject of a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 and his first book Clifford Owens: Anthology. Recently, he completed “Seminar,” a project about the pedagogy of performance art, during his residency at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York. Clifford is currently working on a commission from Cornerhouse in Manchester, England in anticipation of his first European solo exhibition in 2014 and “Five Night’s Worth,” a new performance project at Third Streaming in New York City in conjunction with Performa13 and the traveling group exhibition “Radical Presence: Contemporary Black Performance” and also “The Kiss” in collaboration with artist Legacy Russell at Danspace in New York City. Clifford was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1971 and he lives and works in New York City.
Xaviera Simmons produces installations, sculptures, photographic, and video and performative works. She received a BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending 2 years of walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s ISP in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Xaviera has exhibited nationally and internationally where major exhibitions and performances include; The Museum of Modern, MoMA PS1, Nouveau Museum National de Monaco, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund, and The Sculpture Center. Simmons is a recipient of numerous awards including The David Driskell Prize, The Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship, an Art Matters Fellowship, and a SmARTPower Fellowship. Simmons was a 2012 AIR at The Studio Museum In Harlem. Selected projects and exhibitions scheduled for 2013 include "Artists Experiment" with The Museum Of Modern Art, "Radical Presence" at The Contemporary Arts Museum In Houston, "Rehearsals" at The Savannah College Of Art and Design, "Untitled" at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and "Untitled" at The David Castillo Gallery among many others. Her works are in major museum and private collections including Deutsche Bank, UBS, The Guggenheim Museum, The Agnes Gund Art Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2013 Simmons will be a visiting critic and lecturer in the Graduate Department of Sculpture at Yale University and an Artist In Residence at Anderson Ranch.
Danny Tisdale is an internationally recognized visual artist; an educator; political and community activist. He received his M.F.A. study at Otis/Parsons School of Design, and his BA from California Polytechnic University, where he was honored in 2004 as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. As an artist, Mr. Tisdale's exhibits, photography and performance work has been shown in over 100 galleries and museums around the world. These institutions include: the prestigious Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the New Museum of Contemporary Art; Institute of Contemporary Photography; the International Center for Photography (ICP); the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; the California African American Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA; the Jewish Museum in San Francisco, CA and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. He has also mounted exhibitions in Canada, Russia, various locations in Europe, Egypt, Israel and South Africa.Mr. Tisdale's work has earned him awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA); Franklin Furnace Performance Art; Creative Time; and prominent fellowships from the White House Millennium Arts Council; the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); Gordon Matta-Trust; and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His work is among the permanent collections of Gracie Mansion Fine Arts in New York City; the Norton Foundation in Los Angeles; the McArthur Foundation in Chicago; the Norton Foundation and the California Museum of African American Art.
Karen Finley is a New York based artist whose raw and transgressive performances have long provoked controversy and debate. She has appeared and exhibited internationally her visual art, performances and plays. Her performances have been presented at Lincoln Center, New York City, The Guthrie, Minneapolis, American Repertory Theatre, The ICA in London, Harvard, The Steppenwolf in Chicago, and The Bobino in Paris. Her artworks are in numerous collections and museums including the Pompidou in Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Finley attended the San Francisco Art Institute receiving an MFA and honorary PhD. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim, 2 Obies, 2 Bessies, MS. Magazine Woman Of The Year, NARAL Person of the Year (which she shared with Anna Quindlen and Walter Cronkite), NYSCA and NEA Fellowships. She has appeared in many independent films and appeared in the film Philadelphia. She has authored and or edited seven books including Shock Treatment (City Lights 1990), Enough is Enough (Poseidon, Simon and Schuster 1993), Living It Up (Doubleday 1996), Pooh Unplugged (Smart Art Books 1999), A Different Kind Of Intimacy: The Collected Writings of Karen Finley (Thunders Mouth Press 2000), she edited and contributed to Aroused: A Collection of Erotic Writings (Thunders Mouth Press 2001) and George and Martha (Verso 2006).
Deborah Willis, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and has an affiliated appointment as a University Professor with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. She was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fletcher Fellow, and a MacArthur Fellow, as well as recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and curator. Her newest book, Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty was released by the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington Press, and a co-authored project, Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery, was released by Temple University Press. Other publications include, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, and Black Venus 2010: They Called Her "Hottentot," and The Black Female Body A Photographic History with Carla Williams. Her curated exhibitions include: Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Posing Beauty which is still touring, Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits at the International Center of Photography, Engulfed by Katrina: Photographs before and After the Storm, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Imagining Families—Images and Voices and Reflections in Black.
This event is offered in conjunction with Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, on view at NYU's Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, September 10-December 7, 2013.
For more information on the exhibition, including a complete program roster, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/greyart
The Department of Photography & Imaging is an intensive four-year BFA program centered on the making and understanding of images. It is a diverse department embracing multiple perspectives. The students work in virtually all modes of analog, digital, and multimedia photo-based image making, exploring photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. For further information, visit www.photo.tisch.nyu.edu.