Performa is the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting, and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. For three weeks Performa and a consortium of innovative organizations band together to transform New York City into an international platform for celebrating live art with more than 100 separate events presented at over 40 venues across the city. Art comes from cities as far afield as Johannesburg, Delhi, Singapore, Oslo, and Warsaw.
Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator Rose Lee Goldberg, Performa is the leading international organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live visual art performance in the history of the twentieth century and to generating new directions for the twenty–first century, engaging artists and audiences through experimentation, innovation, and collaboration.
- Common Task, Brussels, 2009, courtesy the artist; Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw; neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Open Art Projects, Warsaw.
- Hans Berg performing in Nathalie Djurberg’s Untitled (Working Title Kids & Dogs), 2007. Image © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.
- Isaac Julien and Russell Maliphant, Cast No Shadow, 2007. Image by Johan Persson. Courtesy of Performa and Sadler’s Wells.
- Christian Jankowski, Rooftop Routine, 2007. Image © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.