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PRINT May 2010

THE NEXT ACT: ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE

Live from New York, a surge of blockbuster shows this spring allowed audiences to consider performance—both new and historical, reenacted and recorded—in the museum setting. While this unprecedented pairing of ephemeral actions and hoary institutions raises many questions, these issues remain largely unresolved. Artforum proposes some provisional answers here: In the following suite of essays, art historian CARRIE LAMBERT-BEATTY looks at the Marina Abramović retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, artist JOE SCANLAN muses on Tino Sehgal’s exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and art historian CAROLINE A. JONES offers a critical and contextual frame for the place of performance in the public sphere.