Mike Kelley, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #32 (Horse Dance of the False Virgin), 2005, chromogenic print and black-and-white Piezo print on rag paper, 45 x 40". Courtesy of the artist and Performa.

New York

Performa 09

Various Venues
134 Bowery–272 Bowery
November 1–November 22, 2009

Curated by RoseLee Goldberg

RoseLee Goldberg likens Performa, the sprawling live-art biennial she founded and directs, to a “museum without walls.” The phrase is André Malraux’s, but the sentiment seems closer to F. T. Marinetti, whose succinct, scornful analogy “Museums: cemeteries!” announced an anti-institutional desire for art sans mediation. Marinetti is an especially germane figure this year, given that a significant portion of the biennial’s third edition will be dedicated to the centennial of his Futurist Manifesto. (One program, for instance, features a “Futurist Film Funeral.”) With sixty odd works playing out over three weeks—including ten official commissions from artists as varied as Mike Kelley, Wangechi Mutu, and Yang Fudong—this edition is sure to satisfy even the most zealous completist.