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2022

 

Theatres  coming back after Covid closures! And so am I, retiring from ASU/Arizona in May and returning to full time in NY. And so will be updating the NYC calendar year round.

AUGUST

(cont)  WHITNEY BIENNIAL "QUIET AS IT'S KEPT" including choreographer/multi-format artist Ralph Lemon, writer/performer Coco Fusco, also Raven Chacon and a collaboration between Shaun Leonardo, Melanie Crean and Sable Elyse Smith.

-through  14  SUZANNE LACY: THE MEDIUM IS NOT THE ONLY MESSAGE. The legendary and brilliant social practice/public performance artist presents a retrospective at the Queens Museum. "With works touching on issues such as violence against women, racism, labor rights, poverty, and aging, the exhibition spans four decades, from Lacy’s earliest solo performances to more recent large-scale community-based works that bring together diverse participants to share their stories." Museum closed Mon/Tues.  Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens

 cont. through August 13 HAMLET by Shakes and ORESTIA by Aeschylus. Directed by Robert Icke and sharing the same cast. use code ICKE22PAA for discount ticks. Park Avenue Armory. Alex Lawther's interpretation of the central character in HAMLET is fascinating; the youngest and most complex I've seen. 

-through 26   WOMEN AT WAR  Fridman Gallery "features works by a selection of the leading contemporary women artists working in Ukraine, and provides a context for the current war, as represented in art across media. Several works in the exhibition were made after February 24, 2022, when Russia began full-scale invasion; others date from the eight years of war following the annexation of Crimea and the creation of separatist “republics” in Donbas in 2014."  169 Bowery.  Curated by Monika Fabijanska

21    48 HOURS IN HARLEM, a series produced by Eric Lockley's Harlem9. 6 playwrights, 6 directors, 18 actors create 6 short plays in 48 hours, all inspired by Afrofuturism texts. 7 & 9:30pm at National Dance Institute, 217 W. 147th St.  ticks

SEPTEMBER

7-24  THIS AND THAT  co-created by Phil Soltanoff (2020 Herb Albert Award) and Steven Wendt (Blue Man Group). Chocolate Factory, 38-33 24th St. Long Island City. Wed-Saturdays at 7. " imagines the creation of the universe. Video equipment comes to life by the cranking of tripod knobs, zooming in and out, maneuvering visual feedback loops, dissolving images together and apart, creating an abstract video puppetry before our eyes. No pre-recorded video, no tricks. THIS is about people – their romantic sense of longing, loss, alienation and near miss… a cowboy sleeps under the stars, a family puts their child to sleep for the night, a crooner serenades his lover, a jazz pianist fantasizes while he plays. Hand shadow vignettes, inspired by Henry Moore sculptures, morph from one scene to another." Phil does really unique work, so this should be special. His version of Peter Handke's THE HOUR WE KNEW NOTHING OF EACH OTHER at ASU a few years ago was a revelation. 

7 GOOD GENES Lecture/performance by Sister Sylvester (Katherine Karaoglu Hamilton)  6pm at Bard Graduate Center Lecture Hall, 38 W. 86th St.  I saw a piece of hers (The Fall) at a conference a few years ago and was super impressed. "There will be cocktails, genetically modified organisms and stories from Brecht's Berliner Ensemble. Tickets are free for anyone with university or museum affiliation, $15 for all others, available here. "

8-18 IMMENSE JOY devised and directed by Anna Kohler and inspired by the work of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. Featuring Natalia de Campos, Justin Gordon, John Hagan, Fabio Tavares. Associate director Caleb Hammond. Presented by The Tank, 312 W. 36th St. Excellent group of performers, with roots in Wooster Group, John Jesurun, Richard Maxwell and others. 

9-10 VISITATION-JOHN JASPERSE PROJECTS world premiere at Skirball. " part seance and part exorcism. Created in collaboration with performers Tim Bendernagel, Cynthia Koppe, and Doug LeCours, Visitation vacillates between pensive, introspective sensing and lush sequences of cascading movement that verge on camp. Channeling ghosts, the dance moves from present day, into the past, and back again. As we emerge from this musical time-traveling into the present, we are left to ponder how our own feelings carry us into action as we shape our collective future."

9-Nov. 20  CHARLES ATLAS: THE MATHEMATICS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Pioneer Works. The video/installation artist created a multimedia installation "that takes inspiration from the seminal film and video artist’s ongoing interests in science and math—particularly, memory, thought formation, and numerical expressions. Combining original footage and segments culled from his extensive archives, the immersive video work extends across 100 feet of the institution’s interior architecture..."

10 FRED MOTEN, BRANDON LÓPEZ & GERALD CLEAVER, PAMELA Z, SYANIDE.   7:30pm presented by ISSUE Project Room at First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights. 

10 BLOOM a performance by Nao Bustamante, featuring Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Geo Wyex, Pamela Martínez. Armory on Park Ave. 3pm $25. Nao, who is utterly fearless, investigates the sordid history of the speculum. "Prompted by a routine visit to the gynecologist, Bustamante has conducted a multi-year investigation into the origins of the modern speculum and the tortuous history of its inventor, J. Marion Sims. Bloom employs Bustamante’s trademark humor and vulnerability to access this fraught history of medical experimentation and white supremacist patriarchy, prototyping a feminist future for reproductive and sexual health care for all bodies."

-Jan 1 TO LOOK WITHOUT FEAR-WOLFGANG TILLMANS The much renowned German photographer and image arranger at MOMA. There are beautiful, provocative works here that veer from casual to formal to fashion shoots, but the concept is overblown, with too many images that don't adhere, especially in the archival work referring political events. To what end? I am in the minority in this opinion, clearly.

-Oct 22 LORNA SIMPSON 1985-1992 Hauser&Wirth, 32 E. 69th St. Some of her photo-based work seems so formal that I don't feel drawn in, but several of these pieces are very powerful in their blend of image and text.

-Nov  5 WHEREUPON-ALLEN FRAME masterful b/w photos, printed beautifully, of Frame's friends, colleagues, fellow artists from 1980's/90's. In the company of Nan Goldin and Wojnarowicz perhaps, but quieter and more contemplative. Gitterman Gallery, 3 E. 66th St. first floor. 

9-Oct. 28 CROSSING THE LINE FESTIVAL French Alliance/Institute Française 15th festival of dance and performance. "This year’s curators, Mathilde Augé and Florent Masse present artists and perspectives from around the French-speaking world that convey thought provoking narratives along with ground-breaking, premiere performances to NY audiences. The 15th edition of the festival features a diverse group of audacious artists engaging with the most pressing issues of our time—including gender, sexuality, human connection, race and climate change—and exploring new territories in performing arts."

10-February QUEER MAXIMALISM X MACHINE DAZZLE. the brilliant and endlessly inventive costume/finery/haut couture without the haut Machine Dazzle (does Taylor Mac's amazing outfits) in a show at Museum of Design

13- Nov. 18 WE ARE BESIDE OURSELVES  James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center. Featuring the work of the recently deceased multi-media writer and artist Jacki Apple, as well as Claudia Rankine/John Lucas, Kimberly Tate, Mercedes Teixedo, Hong-An Truong, Mariana Valencia, Elliot Jerome Brown Jr., Maria Hupfield. "a collaborative exhibition that brings together a group of artists who explore new ways to form a “we.” They look at our most intimate and most political rifts up close: where we sleep, whom we love, whom we create with, and spend leisure time with. Can working with instances of misunderstanding and contradiction transform injury and pain? If our bodies are living archives, how do we make selves, communities, and legacies by bringing heritages forward to build futures through lived experience? How do these practices open doors for visibility and legibility, affinity and connection, and furthermore offer methods for protective boundaries and navigating consent?This exhibition is part of The Racial Imaginary Institute multi-year residency collaboration with the James Gallery CUNY Graduate Center.  TRII was founded in 2016 by the author Claudia Rankine.”

16-Jan 8 INDECENCIA queer ("raro" in Spanish) work from Latin American descended artists. An impressive collection of artists working in performance and ephemeral actions. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. Opening party September 15

21-Oct. 9. MUD/DROWNING. by María Irene Fornés. Directed by Joanne Akalaitis with music by Philip Glass.  Mabou Mines, 150 First Ave. $25

23-24 VIOLET (2011) by Berlin/Brussels-based MEG STUART/DAMAGED GOODS Skirball "perhaps her most abstract work so far, turning to movement as its primary motor. The five dancers reveal simultaneously and singularly a landscape of energetic patterns and kinetic sculptures, a charged terrain of options. Musician Brendan Dougherty’s electronic music and drums, performed live, accompanies the dancers." 

OCTOBER

(cont.) through Oct. 9. MUD/DROWNING. by María Irene Fornés. Directed by Joanne Akalaitis with music by Philip Glass.  Mabou Mines, 150 First Ave. $25

(cont. through Oct. 28  CROSSING THE LINE FESTIVAL French Alliance/Institute Française 15th festival of dance and performance. "This year’s curators, Mathilde Augé and Florent Masse present artists and perspectives from around the French-speaking world that convey thought provoking narratives along with ground-breaking, premiere performances to NY audiences. The 15th edition of the festival features a diverse group of audacious artists engaging with the most pressing issues of our time—including gender, sexuality, human connection, race and climate change—and exploring new territories in performing arts."

(cont.-February QUEER MAXIMALISM X MACHINE DAZZLE. the brilliant and endlessly inventive costume/finery/haut couture without the haut Machine Dazzle (does Taylor Mac's amazing outfits) in a show at Museum of Design

(cont)-Jan 8 INDECENCIA queer ("raro" in Spanish) work from Latin American descended artists. An impressive collection of artists working in performance and ephemeral actions. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

(cont.-Nov. 20  CHARLES ATLAS: THE MATHEMATICS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Pioneer Works. The video/installation artist created a multimedia installation "that takes inspiration from the seminal film and video artist’s ongoing interests in science and math—particularly, memory, thought formation, and numerical expressions. Combining original footage and segments culled from his extensive archives, the immersive video work extends across 100 feet of the institution’s interior architecture..."

4-9 MALPASO DANCE Cuban dance company relocated to U.S.  at the Joyce

11-16 THE JAZZ CONTINUUM-LATASHA BARNES Bessie award winner (and now ASU Assistant Professor!) Barnes blends jazz, tap, swing, hip-hop to celebrate the Black experience. The Joyce Theater

13-25 New York LGBTQ+ Film Fest/New Festival. Its 34th year! Multiple venues, including virtual

14-30 LAST GASP: A RECALIBRATION. Split Britches (Peggy Shaw/Lois Weaver revisit their brilliant virtual pandemic piece now staged for live theatre.  LaMama

Oct 22 LORNA SIMPSON 1985-1992 Hauser&Wirth, 32 E. 69th St. Some of her photo-based work seems so formal that I don't feel drawn in, but several of these pieces are very powerful in their blend of image and text.

(cont) through Nov. 18 WE ARE BESIDE OURSELVES  James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center. Featuring the work of the recently deceased multi-media writer and artist Jacki Apple, as well as Claudia Rankine/John Lucas, Kimberly Tate, Mercedes Teixedo, Hong-An Truong, Mariana Valencia, Elliot Jerome Brown Jr., Maria Hupfield. "a collaborative exhibition that brings together a group of artists who explore new ways to form a “we.” They look at our most intimate and most political rifts up close: where we sleep, whom we love, whom we create with, and spend leisure time with. Can working with instances of misunderstanding and contradiction transform injury and pain? If our bodies are living archives, how do we make selves, communities, and legacies by bringing heritages forward to build futures through lived experience? How do these practices open doors for visibility and legibility, affinity and connection, and furthermore offer methods for protective boundaries and navigating consent?This exhibition is part of The Racial Imaginary Institute multi-year residency collaboration with the James Gallery CUNY Graduate Center.  TRII was founded in 2016 by the author Claudia Rankine.

20-22 RADIO MACBETH new work by SITI Company based on Orson Welles' historic Mercury Theatre on the Air. Skirball

26-29 VESSEL new work by the renowned dancer/collaborator David Thomson. He will be working with Jaguar Mary X, Katrina Reid, Katie Workum and Nehemoyia Young.  Chocolate Factory

27-28 HOMAGE! THE UNTITLED SERIES 2022 Arthur Aviles presents 3 pieces merging the influences of choreographers such as Martha Graham and Jose Limon with Aviles' own queer sensibility. "The evening will feature performances by Rafael Cañals, Priscilla Marrero, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Dea'Shinique Ramsey, Hunter Sturgis and Josiah Vasquez, with live drum accompaniment by Mobéy Lola Irizarry. Costumes are recreated by Liz Prince, based on designs from the original presentations." at BAAD! in the Bronx. 

27-29 MAGGIE THE CAT at Skirball.  based on Tennessee Williams' CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, TRAJAL HARRELL "places Maggie center stage in his magnetic new dance work, a dazzling and provocative fusion of high art and pop culture. Set to a soundtrack ranging from electro and pop to classical music, Maggie the Cat addresses power, gender, rejection, and inclusion through the prism of one of modern theatre’s most celebrated characters. Influenced by everything from ancient Greek theatre to the Harlem voguing underground, it’s challenging, tragic, entertaining – and ultimately joyous."

NOVEMBER

-Nov  5 WHEREUPON-ALLEN FRAME masterful b/w photos, printed beautifully, of Frame's friends, colleagues, fellow artists from 1980's/90's. In the company of Nan Goldin and Wojnarowicz perhaps, but quieter and more contemplative. Gitterman Gallery, 3 E. 66th St. first floor.

(cont) through Nov. 18 WE ARE BESIDE OURSELVES  James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center. Featuring the work of the recently deceased multi-media writer and artist Jacki Apple, as well as Claudia Rankine/John Lucas, Kimberly Tate, Mercedes Teixedo, Hong-An Truong, Mariana Valencia, Elliot Jerome Brown Jr., Maria Hupfield. "a collaborative exhibition that brings together a group of artists who explore new ways to form a “we.” They look at our most intimate and most political rifts up close: where we sleep, whom we love, whom we create with, and spend leisure time with. Can working with instances of misunderstanding and contradiction transform injury and pain? If our bodies are living archives, how do we make selves, communities, and legacies by bringing heritages forward to build futures through lived experience? How do these practices open doors for visibility and legibility, affinity and connection, and furthermore offer methods for protective boundaries and navigating consent?This exhibition is part of The Racial Imaginary Institute multi-year residency collaboration with the James Gallery CUNY Graduate Center.  TRII was founded in 2016 by the author Claudia Rankine.

(cont)-Jan 8 INDECENCIA queer ("raro" in Spanish) work from Latin American descended artists. An impressive collection of artists working in performance and ephemeral actions. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

(cont.-February QUEER MAXIMALISM X MACHINE DAZZLE. the brilliant and endlessly inventive costume/finery/haut couture without the haut Machine Dazzle (does Taylor Mac's amazing outfits) in a show at Museum of Design

(cont.-Nov. 20  CHARLES ATLAS: THE MATHEMATICS OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Pioneer Works. The video/installation artist created a multimedia installation "that takes inspiration from the seminal film and video artist’s ongoing interests in science and math—particularly, memory, thought formation, and numerical expressions. Combining original footage and segments culled from his extensive archives, the immersive video work extends across 100 feet of the institution’s interior architecture..."

4-5 THE END IS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE Andrea Klein "In December 2020, Andrea Kleine and Bobby Previte moved into The Chocolate Factory Theater and lived alone in the Covid-shuttered New York City venue for two weeks. They arrived with an air mattress, a toaster oven, a cooler of frozen Trader Joe’s meals, and an inflatable kiddie pool to bathe in. Every night they performed on stage for no one." Chocolate Factory.

11-12  FASO DANSE THEATRE/SERGE AIMÉ COULIBALY perform WAKATT. Skirball. "examines daily reality and social changes through a dance language that starts from internal violence, human instinct, urgency and the need to express oneself. Wakatt, meaning “our times” in the Mossi language of Burkina Faso, is a reflection on the fear-filled contemporary era we live in. At a time when nationalism is on the rise in most parts of the world, the starting point of this new creation is “the fear of the other.” Music and choreography take center stage in a constant exchange, with non-stop music written and performed by the musician Malik Mezzadri (Magik Malik), an Ivory-Coast-born French flutist and jazz musician. "

16-19 ADDING FUEL TO THE FIRE: MY DIARY: SECRET JOURNEY TO THE TIPPING UTOPIA. Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks. Dixon Place . The indefatigable and peripatetic Yoshiko presents new work "Based on 20 crossing chapters, musicians, dancers & designers interact (indirectly) & align with incidents of sound, text & action... an endless circle of life, fluctuating between utopia & war."

DECEMBER

(cont)-Jan 8 INDECENCIA queer ("raro" in Spanish) work from Latin American descended artists. An impressive collection of artists working in performance and ephemeral actions. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

2023

JANUARY