Performa 15 opens this week!

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Francesco Vezzoli and David Hallberg, Fortuna Desperata 2015, A Performa Commission; photo by Francesco Vezzoli, courtesy of L’Uomo Vogue, Conde Nast Italia.

Performa 15 opens this Sunday, November 1st, with a special performance titled Fortuna Desperata presented by Francesco Vezzoli and David Halberg at New York City historical landmark St. Bart’s Church. Looking back to the origins of ballet in the royal courts of the Renaissance, Vezzoli and Hallberg undertake an archaeology of movement in this revolutionary performance that brings the past into dialogue with the present.

Animating New York with a diverse series of ground-breaking performances taking place at cultural landmarks and locations including Times Square, The Museum of Modern Art, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, and Pioneer Works, among many others, Performa 15 sparks new ways of looking at the city.

Join us for three exciting weeks of live art, talks and seminars, artists’ classes and experiments, and an array of invigorating events all around town and at our biennial headquarters, the Performa Hub (47 Walker Street, open everyday from noon to 8pm), designed by the winner of our first ever architectural Hub Competition, Christoph a. Kumpusch and his office Forward slash (/) ARCHITEKTUR.

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph presents The Spoken World (Words that Move Us Series)

The Artistic Director of HBO’s Brave New Voices series returns to Dance Place with text and choreography from his solo works Word Becomes Flesh and the break/s, as well as new material from the upcoming red, black and GREEN: a blues. Words Become Flesh is a National Performance Network (NPN) Re-Creation Fund Project sponsored by La Pena in partnership with Dance Place, Painted Bride Art Center, Youth Speaks and NPN. The Re-Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). Dance Place is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

More information: http://www.culturecapital.com/event.php?id=10896

Inbound: Houston

Public Art for an automotive culture. Karyn Olivier, 2009 Artist in Residence with the Mitchell Center for the Arts at University of Houston replaced 13 billboard ads with life-sized photographic representations.

The first UH Arts Open House in 2009 featured the UH Marching Band

Mitchell Center Residency: The Center for Land Use Interpretation

Beginning in January 2008 the Mitchell Center, in partnership with the University of Houston School of Art and Creative Writing Program, hosted the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) for a residency that focused on the Buffalo Bayou, the Houston Ship Channel, and their environs.

Grover’s Guide to Houston: Part I

During the ten years that I was with Aurora Picture Show, I hosted at least 300 visiting artists, and gave almost that many tours of Houston. Like an old cabbie, I have fine-tuned these trips into a scripted tour that features folk art environments, underground tunnels, celebrity grave sites, art cars, urban bayous, museums, mega churches, and art chapels. Imagine my gravelly voice coming through an old p.a. system as I humbly present to you, “Grover’s Guide to Houston, Part I.

Got Skills? Marc Bamuthi Joseph Does

This is a taste of Bamuthi’s work, not to be missed in NYC from 9/23/2008 – 9/27/2008. Part of the HHTF Festival and presented by the Skirball Center @ NYU. Visit www.myspace.com/bamuthi for more info! Shot by Greg Landua for the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Office of Multicultural Education & Initiatives (OMEI).

Thelma Golden: How art gives shape to cultural change

Thelma Golden, curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, talks through three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The “post-black” artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture — and about the meaning of art itself.