Performance Art Biennial Performa Announces 2011 Schedule Including, of Course, James Franco

09/28/2011 9:46 AM |

Performa headquarters in 2009.
  • Performa headquarters in 2009.

It’s already been two years since Performa 09, which means it’s time for Performa 11, whose full roster of performers was announced late last week. The performance art biennial, which runs from November 1-21, won’t launch with an ostentatious art feast, but it will feature many of the artists you would expect, among them…

Reggie Watts, Dina Seiden, Bedwyr Williams, Michael Smith, Hennessey Youngman and others: Perform Ha! (November 6, 13, 20)
An exploration of the ample common ground shared by performance art and stand-up comedy, curated by Mark Beasley.

Rashaad Newsome: Tournament (November 2)
In an effort to become the “King of Arms,” Newsome will be competing in a “Rap joust,” which sounds both phenomenal and like a Martin Lawrence movie. Bring your lance.

Artist Classes (November 1-21)
Just what it sounds like: for 55 minutes, up to three classes per day, students will be able to learn how to be an artist. Class topics will include “Utopia” and “The Voice.” No word on whether Professor Franco will do a guest lecture.

Shirin Neshat: Overruled (November 11, 12)
The Iranian artist’s specially commissioned piece features a live performance of a courtroom scene from her 2003 film The Last Word, accompanied by words from feminist poet Forugh Farrokhzd and music by Mohsen Namjoo.

Liz Magic Laser: I Feel Your Pain (November 13, 14)
Part video, part immersive performance art, Liz Magic Laser’s new piece—informed by the Russian Constructivists’ concept of a “living newspaper”—stages America’s ongoing political contests as a romantic drama by borrowing dialogue from press conferences and .

James Franco and Laurel Nakadate: Three Performances in Search of Tennessee (November 12, 13)
The two attractive young performance artists will investigate Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie, beginning with a séance in the room at the Elysée Hotel where the playwright died.

Check out the full Performa 11 schedule here.

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