Dolores

Performance practices in a gallery context

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Image: Kerstin Cmelka (with Nicolas Coster),”Song and Dance Exercise (cowboy shots)”, 2015, photo series, courtesy: Kerstin Cmelka

Performance receives increasingly (renewed) attention from museums and art institutions, the all year round show by Tino Seghal at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as an obvious example.
For some years also art fairs are embedding performance programmes as a substantial part of their fair concept. One could think of Artissima, Frieze, FIAC and Art Basel. The latter hosted in 2014 the show 14 Rooms curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, featuring 14 ongoing performances by Bruce Nauman, Allora & Calzadilla, Laura Lima, Joan Jonas, Marina Abramovic and Ed Atkins amongst others.
Performance moved from a black box to a white cube. The one time event became an ongoing exhibition or permanent installation, as Claire Bishop recently pointed out in her lecture White Cube, Black Box: Fifty shades of Grey? at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The discussion on how to collect, document and archive performance is currently a hot topic among (collecting) institutions. While contemporary performance artists are still not much represented by galleries, it’s not only the question on how to deal with the actual performance in case of selling, but also to think of what the performance consists of and how the artist relates to its performance. It also raises questions regarding the possible documentation; is it considered a separate work which functions on its own, a supportive part of the performance or mere documentation?

The two previous editions of the performance programme organised at Dolores focused on offering artists a platform for performance within a gallery context. Within this programme artists from different backgrounds where invited to present their work or to experiment or improvise with it. Next to offering a platform, the performance programme in a gallery context was part of the empowerment of this specific discipline within this context.

The third edition of the performance programme will focus on how a performance remains after it has been performed. This small presentation deals with the different forms of performance residues and ways of documenting. Artists included in this show are Kerstin Cmelka, Dina Danish, Jeremiah Day, Dora Garcia and Zhana Ivanova.

In addition to the gallery presentation, a small series of “in gallery conversations” will be organised. The conversations will focus on the practices of performance in a gallery context. Invited artists and gallerists will talk about the challenges of working with performances from the views of both professions.
Please visit the gallery website and Facebook to stay updated on the programme.

Performance practices in a gallery context
Opening: Saturday 6 February 2016, 5–7 PM
Exhibition: 6 February – 19 March 2016
Curator: Dorothé Orczyk

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