Performa: Commissions from Performa’s Archive

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Laurie Simmons: The Music of Regret, 2005 A Performa Commission Film Still. Act 3 © Courtesy of Performa. Photo: Paula Court
Performa: Commissions from Performa’s Archive

77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
United Kingdom
September 6th - March 4th, 2018
Opening: September 6th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm/ Thursday 11am-9pm/ Mon closed


Pantomime horses, a harp and brass marching band, a caped prom queen adorned in flowers and more accompany artist Mike Kelley (b. 1954, USA) wearing a floppy straw hat. This satirical half-time basketball musical, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction # 32 Plus, was commissioned by Performa and staged at Judson Church on Washington Square South in 2009.

Founded in 2004 by renowned historian and curator, RoseLee Goldberg, Performa influenced the direction of museums and biennials by incorporating historical and newly commissioned live art within a network of public and private venues. Since its inception the biennial has presented over 64 new works, and over 450 artists have collaborated with numerous curators to stage extraordinary cross-disciplinary events involving dance, film, music, architecture and food.

This exhibition is the first opportunity for audiences to access
Performa’s remarkable archive outside of New York and marks the global impact of performance in the twenty-first century. These significant documentary recordings explore how a time-based art form can be experienced again today.


The Whitechapel Gallery archive exhibitions are generously supported by Catherine Petitgas.