Andy Kaufman's 99cent Tour
From February 12-24, PARTICIPANT INC presents Andy Kaufman's 99cent Tour, a
series of screenings which survey the work of Andy Kaufman, organized by artist
Jonathan Berger in collaboration with the Estate of Andy Kaufman, Lynne
Margulies, Bob Zmuda, and Tony Clifton. Each evening-length program will
focus on a different aspect of Kaufman's largely unclassifiable creative practice
and will feature both classic performance documentation and obscure and neverbefore-
seen footage. Kaufman's undeniably influential role in the evolution of
performance art, new media, conceptual art, and relational aesthetics has become
increasingly acknowledged among many of the most influential artists working
Andy Kaufman's 99cent Tour will bring figures in contemporary art and culture who
site Kaufman as influence, together with those who worked with him directly
during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. These discussions seek to place the
intergenerational and cross-disciplinary perspectives of the hosts in dialogue
with the work itself, offering new insight in to Kaufman's philosophy, approach,
and creative aspirations.
Andy Kaufman's 99cent Tour will be the first major solo presentation of Kaufman
performance documentation to take place in a contemporary art venue. The series
aims to formally enter Kaufman's work in to a contemporary art discourse and
examine the depth of his continuing impact on the record of art history.
Tuesday, February 12, 8:30pm
ABC's The Andy Kaufman Special, 1979
Buckshot: Uncle Andy's Funhouse, 1980
Hour Magazine, 1982
With a selection of Kaufman Family audio and visual recordings, from 1955-1984
An evening centered on the influence of Kaufman's childhood performances on his
professional career, hosted by Kaufman's brother and sister, Michael Kaufman and
Carol Kerman-Kaufman, and Kaufman's childhood friend, the artist Laurie Simmons.
Wednesday, February 13, 8:30pm
Midnight Snacks, 1977
Live concert documentation from the San Francisco Galleria Charity, 1981
An evening focusing on Kaufman's live performances, hosted by Kaufman's
girlfriend Lynne Margulies and his collaborator Little Wendy in conversation with
PARTICIPANT INC founding director Lia Gangitano.
Thursday, February 14, 6:30pm
Artists Dan Graham and Mike Smith in conversation about Kaufman's private and
public persona, with footage from 1977-1983, including appearances on The John
Davidson Show, 1982, Fridays, 1981, The Dating Game, 1978, at the Sacramento
State Fair, 1982, and his self-produced commercials, 1983.
Thursday, February 14, 8:30pm
Andy Kaufman at Carnegie Hall, 1979
With a video introduction by artist and author of Concrete Comedy, David Robbins.
Hosted by artist Jonathan Berger, in conversation with KIOSK.
Friday, February 15, 8:30pm
I'm From Hollywood, 1983
An evening considering Kaufman's career in wrestling, with a selection of
documentary footage from 1979-1982,hosted by Lynne Margulies in conversation with
Maccarone Inc Director Ellen Langan.
Saturday, February 16, 8:30pm
An evening devoted to the life and work of Tony Clifton, including a selection of
footage documenting Clifton’s career from 1979-2004.
Hosted by Tony Clifton, Mindy Vale (Daniel McDonald), and Cleofus Guenvere (Bibbe
Tuesday, February 19, 8:30pm
An evening focusing on Kaufman's record collection (1958-1984) and the
significance of his relationship to music, as a fan and performer.
Hosted by Hal Wilner, music producer and music supervisor of