Performa Announces Next 4 Performa Commissions & First 2 Performa Premieres for Performa 11

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Performa is pleased to announce the next four Performa Commissions as well as the first two Performa Premieres for its upcoming visual art performance biennial, Performa 11, this November 1–21, 2011, in New York City. Acclaimed artists to receive Performa Commissions are Simon Fujiwara, Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler, Frances Stark, and Ming Wong. Performa Premieres will be presented by celebrated artists Robert Ashley and Boris Charmatz. As America’s first biennial to present international artists in all disciplines, Performa 11 presents a wide range of exciting and engaging new work by both established and emerging artists from around the world.

RoseLee Goldberg, Performa Founding Director and Curator, says, “I am thrilled to announce our next group of Performa Commissions and our first two Performa Premieres. These awards allow artists to take off in whatever directions they choose and bring their ideas to life in extraordinary ways.” Goldberg adds, “We‘re especially excited to work with such a cross-generational group of artists, ranging from up-and-coming artists like Simon Fujiwara to legendary figures like Robert Ashley.”

The Performa Commissions, a central part of the Performa biennial, give artists unparalleled support to realize new work in live performance. These five newly-announced artists join an acclaimed group of additional artists who have already received Performa Commissions for Performa 11: iona rozeal brown, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ragnar Kjartansson, Guy Maddin, and Shirin Neshat. The Performa Premieres program, launched in 2009 with artists including Tacita Dean, William Kentridge, and Joan Jonas, presents exceptional live works that have never been seen in New York. Working closely with each artist, Performa finds the perfect venue for every project, tailoring it especially for the unique context of New York City. Performa’s Commissions, Premieres, and Projects are curated by RoseLee Goldberg, along with Performa’s team of curators and producers including Defne Ayas, Mark Beasley, Esa Nickle, Dougal Phillips, and Lana Wilson.

Performa will announce additional Performa Commissions, Performa Premieres, and Performa Projects in July and August, along with exciting programs from the Performa Consortium of over 40 arts and cultural organizations, and by more than 25 international curators.

Image: Robert Ashley, still from Perfect Lives, 1984. Courtesy the artist.