Ryan McNamara Awarded Malcolm McLaren Award at Performa 13

Ryan McNamara has been awarded the second edition of the Malcolm McLaren Award for his work MEƎM: A Story Ballet About the Internet, performed at the Connelly Theater during Performa 13, reports Roberta Smith for the New York Times. The $10,000 prize, sponsored by The Vinyl Factory, was created in 2010 in honor of the late artist, designer, and music impresario Malcolm McLaren. Designed by Marc Newson, the award is “given to an artist who demonstrates the most innovative and thought-provoking performance during Performa 13.” This year’s edition also celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of McLaren’s groundbreaking album Duck Rock. The Vinyl Factory will release the remastered vinyl edition of Duck Rock next year.

Christian Marclay presented the award to McNamara during a ceremony at Performa’s HUB on Sunday, November 24. Lou Reed was the presenter of the inaugural Malcolm McLaren Award, to Ragnar Kjartansson, who received it for his work Bliss in Performa 11.