David Velasco

Tate Tanks

Stuart Comer and Catherine Wood talk about the Tate Tanks

October 2012

LIVE ART IS HERE TO STAY. On July 18, 2012, Tate Modern launched the Tanks, a subterranean group of cylindrical chambers and other spaces that constitute the first phase in a dramatic expansion of the museum’s building by Herzog & de Meuron.… READ ON


“XTRAVAGANZA: Staging Leigh Bowery”

October 2012

Curated by Angela Stief Like Jesus, Leigh Bowery left this morbid world at age thirty-three. Hardly a saint, however, Bowery was a complicated man: muse to Lucian Freud, cobelligerent of Michael Clark and Charles Atlas, thorn to straight … READ ON


Poet’s Problem

The 30th São Paulo Bienal

September 2012 SÃO PAULO

“IT IS NOT THE CITY that needs the biennial but the biennial that needs the city,” explained Luis Pérez-Oramas, the MoMA-trained chief curator of the Thirtieth São Paulo Bienal. “Unlike Venice or Documenta, we work in a very complex… READ ON


David Velasco on Annette Michelson’s “The Dancer and the Dance” and “Lives of Performers”

September 2012

BEFORE SHE BECAME the doyenne of film theory, Annette Michelson was also a champion of what some anachronistically called the New Dance. In her first feature article in Artforum, on André Breton, in the September 1966 issue devoted to … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2012 [TOC]

Steve Paxton

Judson at 50: Steve Paxton

July 2012

Steve Paxton was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1939 and moved to New York in 1958. There, he danced with the Merce Cunningham Company from 1961 to 1964 and was a central player in a number of profound shifts in modern dance, helping found the… READ ON


Yvonne Rainer

Judson at 50: Yvonne Rainer

July 2012

The choreographer, dancer, writer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer was born in San Francisco in 1934 and moved to New York in the 1950s, where she helped cofound the Judson Dance Theater in 1962. This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of the… READ ON


David Velasco

May 2012

DAVID VELASCO  HERE IS A BODY: Nicole Mannarino—arms open, Afro teased, hippie-angelic in her electric-blue jumpsuit (kimono sleeves, plunging V-neck divulging everything in glimpses)—drenched head to toe in sweat. Hers was a nitty-gritty… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2012 [TOC]

Richard Maxwell

Richard Maxwell talks about his new work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial

April 2012

Richard Maxwell is a New York–based playwright and theater director, and a recent recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Maxwell wrote the text used in Sarah Michelson’s Devotion Study #1—The American Dancer, which recently… READ ON


Dennis Cooper

Dennis Cooper talks about “Closer—The Dennis Cooper Papers”

March 2012

Dennis Cooper is an American writer and artist based in Paris. In 1987 he moved from New York to Amsterdam, where he wrote his novel Closer (1989), the first book in his celebrated pentalogy, “The George Miles Cycle” (1989–2000). … READ ON


Queer Eyes

David Velasco on A. K. Burns and A. L. Steiner’s Community Action Center

March 2012

The little cretin shepardess was now ruined for normal love and she ran amok among the other freaks, inflaming them. —Jack Smith, “Normal Love,” 1963  SOME FEMININE PRODUCTS: Makeup, paint, and brushes. Floggers and Boston creams. … READ ON