100 Years of Performance


From 19 June 2010 to 17 September 2010


Garage Center for Contemporary Art
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100 Years of Performance, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, PS1 Chief Curatorial Advisor and MoMA Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art, and RoseLee Goldberg, Director and Curator of Performa, will trace the development of performance art over the past century with a wealth of assembled archival documents, photography, film, and audio materials, culminating in a performance festival.

100 Years of Performance (Version #3, Moscow, June 2010) provides a fascinating overview of some of the most significant performance art movements, happenings and seminal works from the Futurist Manifesto in 1909 until the present day. The exhibition includes work by Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1965); Francis Alÿs’ When Faith Moves Mountains (2002); Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint (2005).

The curators have created this exhibition as a living and evolving project and invite russian artists and visitors of the exhibition to add their ideas.

Klaus Biesenbach:

"Moscow-based artists, scholars, curators and general public are invited to contribute to the “living exhibition” nature of 100 Years of Performance, by adding performances, happenings, actions and gestures that you consider influential, which happened in Moscow and Russia in the last decade. Your ideas will be added to the growing exhibition and then celebrated at a special performance festival for the closing of the exhibition at the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture."