October 05, 2009

“It’s almost a Venice Biennial for America,” says RoseLee Goldberg, founderand director of Performa, the remarkably fecund, New York City-wide celebration of new visual artperformance, now in its third edition. Running November 1–22, this year’s installmenthonors the 100th anniversary of The Futurist Manifesto with live works by over80 artists (both illustrious and emerging), unfolding in some 60 iconic and out-of-the-way venues,from the Studio Museum in Harlem to Washington Square’s Judson Memorial Church to P.S. 1 inQueens. “We’re a very unusual biennial in that we deal seriously with all thedisciplines,” Goldberg explains, “visual art, performance, dance, architecture, graphicdesign, film, music, and food,” (the latter a particularly Futurist obsession). Where elsecould visitors eat their way through a Dutch meringue sculpture, revisit abject memories of highschool with artist Mike Kelly, or celebrate a Lust Weekend (in honor of a forgotten femaleFuturist) with readings by notorious art world bad girls Tracey Emin and Karin Finley?

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