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“PERFORMANCE IS CRUCIAL TO THE HISTORY of visual art, and yet it’s always been kind of a sideshow,” says art historian, curator, and critic RoseLee Goldberg, who has spent her career making a case for the genre’s rightful place under the art-world big top. This fall, she finally takes on the role of ringmaster, organizing PERFORMA05, the first edition of a new biennial dedicated to performance—or “live art,” as she often refers to it. Taking place in venues around New York this November, the biennial will feature new works, film and video programs, panel discussions, and symposia bringing together a host of critics and curators. (Producing many of the events, either on its own or in partnership with other presenters, is a nonprofit umbrella organization, PERFORMA, newly founded by Goldberg.) Among the highlights: Christian Marclay debuts a musical score comprised of moving images to be

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