David Velasco

Performa 09

September 2009

RoseLee Goldberg likens Performa, the sprawling live-art biennial she founded and directs, to a “museum without walls.”… READ ON


Patty Chang

September 2009

Would Walter Benjamin be repulsed to find his corpulence represented on-screen? Would he be put off by the portrayal of his flaccid penis, of his own emasculation, as an actor playing him is directed to gingerly delight in a woman’s supple … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2009 [TOC]

Dancers and the Dance

A Merce Cunningham Event at Rockefeller Park

August 2009 NEW YORK

ON AUGUST 1 AND 2, less than a week after Merce Cunningham’s death, members of his company gathered in Lower Manhattan to perform their first scheduled piece since his passing: the last, presumably, of the legendary site-specific Events to … READ ON


Ruby Tuesday

The 40th Art Basel

June 2009 BASEL

BASEL IS THE KIND OF RELENTLESSLY PLEASANT small city in which, returning late from a party, one might encounter (as I did) a lone police car pausing to allow a pair of injured, wayward ducks to cross the road. There’s a lovely circus, the … READ ON


It’s Reigning Men

The opening of the Venice Biennale

June 2009 VENICE

I ARRIVED IN VENICE late Monday night for Daniel Birnbaum’s Biennale and boarded what felt like the last vaporetto from Ferrovia. Destination: San Zaccharia and a predictably cramped and overpriced hotel. Leafing through my 2007 tourist guide… READ ON


Elmgreen & Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset talk about the Danish and Nordic pavilions in Venice

June 2009

For the 53rd Venice Biennale, the artistic duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset will represent the Nordic and Danish pavilions. The duo have chosen to conceive of the pavilions as separate “homes,” in which they have installed works by … READ ON


Laura Parnes

June 2009

Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School (1978) is a messy novel filled with nihilistic divagations and high-theory musings, juvenile drawings of cunts and cocks, unstable characters on a bombastic path of nonbecoming. Genet has a lengthy… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2009 [TOC]

Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams talks about The Golden Legend

May 2009

In 2005, the choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer Christopher Williams received a Bessie award for his Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins, a dance that was presented as part of a shared bill for the “New, New Stuff” series at P.S. 122. His latest… READ ON


Hi Concept

The opening of “The Quick and the Dead” at the Walker


THE BODY HAD BEEN BURIED and the time capsules unearthed by the time I arrived in Minneapolis last weekend for the opening of “The Quick and the Dead,” Peter Eleey’s intelligent and elusive exhibition of conceptual art at the Walker Art … READ ON



May 2009

WHAT BECOMES A GIMMICK MOST? For that matter, what becomes a gimmick? This is the sort of question that vexes the choreographer Sarah Michelson. Was it a gimmick to serve rotisserie chicken during intermission in Dogs, 2006? To include the … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2009 [TOC]