New York

New York

“Peter Schumann: The Shatterer”

Queens Museum
New York City Building Flushing Meadows
October 13, 2013–March 9, 2014

Curated by Jonathan Berger and Larissa Harris

Since 1963, the Bread and Puppet Theater has been a visible part of protest culture in the US, with its large-scale handmade puppets enlivening demonstrations against everything from the Vietnam War to the World Trade Organization. “The Shatterer” is the first one-person show dedicated to the group’s founder and director, German émigré Peter Schumann; it also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Vermont-based collective and will inaugurate the new expansion of the Queens Museum. The exhibition will delve into Schumann’s little-known individual practice, featuring drawings and paintings, an immersive site-specific mural, and a series of live events performed in a papier-mâché chapel. Coupled with a residency by Bread and Puppet members, this unprecedented gathering of Schumann’s work could reveal that his output as a solo artist has been just as pivotal as his role as an impresario of collaboration.