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Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL

The New York Public Library & ARTBOOK | D.A.P. invite you to join Wangechi Mutu and Shirin Neshat in conversation with RoseLee Goldberg, celebrating the publication of Performa 09: Back to Futurism, Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00 pm in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (2nd Floor) at the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street.

Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL
Wangechi Mutu's Stone Ihiga, 2009. Photo by Paula Court.

In celebration of the newest Performa publication Performa 09: Back to Futurism, The New York Public Library hosts a conversation between Performa Founding Director and Curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa 09 Commission artist Wangechi Mutu, and Performa 11 Commission artist Shirin Neshat. They discuss what it means to commission a new work in live performance and the impact that Performa biennial has had on the history and future of live performance. Copies of Performa 09: Back to Futurism will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL
Tan Lin's Littwitchalk, 2009. Photo by Nisa Ojalvo.

RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator of Performa, is an art historian, critic, and curator whose book Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, first published in 1979, pioneered the study of performance art. Former Director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London and Curator at The Kitchen in New York, she is also the author of Performance: Live Art Since 1960 (1998) and Laurie Anderson (2000), and is a frequent contributor to Artforum and other publications, and has taught at New York University since 1987. Recent awards and grants include two awards from the International Association of Art Critics (2011), the Agnes Gund Curatorial Award from Independent Curators International (2010), Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Warhol Foundation (2008), and Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government (2006). In 2004, she founded Performa, a non-profit arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world, and launched New York's first performance biennial, Performa 05 (2005), followed by Performa 07 (2007), and Performa 09 (2009). In 2011, Performa will present its fourth biennial, Performa 11 (November 1-21, 2011).

Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL
Lisa Kirk's collective action, Demonstration, 2009. Photo by Paula Court.

Shirin Neshat (b. 1957, Qazvin, Iran) is a New York-based artist who works primarily in photography and video, often dealing with the alienation of women in repressed Muslim societies. Major solo exhibitions include the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, (2009); Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum Für Gengewart, Berlin (2005); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001); Serpentine Gallery, London (2000); and the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (1999), among others. Awards and accolades include the Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival (2009); Hiroshima Freedom Prize, Hiroshima City Museum of Art (2005); Grand Prix, Kwangju Biennale (2000); Visual Art Award, Edinburgh International Film Festival (2000); and First International Prize, Venice Biennale (1999).

Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi, Kenya) has trained as both a sculptor and anthropologist. Her work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics, and the international fashion industry. Major solo exhibitions include Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2010); Performa 09, New York (2009); Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Vienna (2008); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2005), and Art Pace, San Antonio (2004). Awards and grants include Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year, Berlin (2010); Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Awards, Emerging Talent Award, New York (2008); The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award, New York (2007); and the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist in Residence, New York (2003).

Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL
Yeondoo Jung's Cinemagician, 2009. Photo by Paula Court.

In its second season the program series An Art Book, initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni, is a celebration of the essential importance and beauty of art books. The events showcase book presentations and discussions by world renowned and emerging artists, critics, curators, historians and writers.
Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL
Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL
Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL
Performa 09: Back to Futurism at the NYPL