August 14, 2015 - New Museum - Fall 2015 R&D Season: PERSONA
August 14, 2015

Fall 2015 R&D Season: PERSONA

Tracy + the Plastics, Can You Pause That for a Second? (still), 2003/2014. Video, color, sound, 25:11 minutes. Courtesy the artist.

Fall 2015

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Organized by the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement, the Fall 2015 R&D (Research and Development) Season leads an investigative examination of the theme of PERSONA via a range of activities anchored by three major projects operating across various presentational and pedagogical platforms. The Season features work by Wynne Greenwood (R&D Season artist in residence), Jack Ferver and Marc Swanson (Chambre New York City premiere), and Jackie Sibblies Drury, MJ Kaufman, Aya Ogawa, Niegel Smith, and others (X-ID REP). Here, PERSONA is considered for the ways and means by which we craft ourselves as subjects and present ourselves to others, while exploring the roles that the media, celebrity culture, politics, theater, and art play across the spectrum of subjecthood from “self” to “character.”

Wynne Greenwood: Kelly
Exhibition, concerts, programs, and publication

September 16, 2015–January 10, 2016

Wynne Greenwood works across video, performance, music, and sculpture to explore the ways in which a single, queer “self” may be pluralized and mobilized to fluidly embody different subjectivities and personae. Greenwood is widely known for her work as Tracy + the Plastics, in which she plays all three parts in an all-girl band, performing live as vocalist Tracy, accompanied by videos of herself portraying keyboardist Nikki and drummer Cola. As Tracy + the Plastics, Greenwood toured across the country from 1999 until the project’s end in 2006. Naming a new, yet-to-be-imagined character orbiting beyond the Plastics’ cosmology, Kelly is an exhibition and a six-month residency in which Greenwood will premiere the complete, recently re-performed and newly mastered archive of Tracy + the Plastics’ performances. The exhibition brings this archive into dialogue with more recent work exploring the artist’s interest in what she has called “culture healing” to consider possibilities for feminist, queer, and other experimental models of collaboration and dialogue. In conjunction with Greenwood’s exhibition, material from the historic New Museum exhibitions Homo Video: Where We Are Now (1986–87) and Bad Girls (1994) will be on view in the Museum’s Resource Center. A comprehensive catalogue, copublished by the Cooley Gallery at Reed College and the New Museum, will document and contextualize Greenwood’s exhibitions and residencies at both institutions.

Greenwood’s residency will include a series of readings, panels, and performances, including a music series entitled “Temporary Arrangements” in which artists are invited to create and perform as one-night-only bands, as well as a series of panels that explore queer archives, legacies of feminist video production, and the potentiality of performing and disrupting different kinds of scripts.

Music series
September 18:Temporary Arrangement by Anna Oxygen
November 13:Temporary Arrangement by Sacha Yanow
December 11:Temporary Arrangement by Wynne Greenwood

September 19:“Let’s piece our knowing together” is a conversation on queer archives with Lisa Darms, Wynne Greenwood, and curators Johanna Burton and Stephanie Snyder.

November 14:“Hall Pass” is a conversation on legacies of feminist video production with Cecilia Dougherty, Cheryl Dunye, and Tara Mateik.

December 12: “Can you take it from ‘Hey, Tracy…’” is aconversation on language, scripts, and performance with Erin Markey, Elisabeth Subrin, and others.

December 13:Book launchwith performances byMorgan Bassichis, Joe DeNardo, K8 Hardy, Sarah Jaffe, Fawn Krieger, and Emily Roysdon.

Support for Wynne Greenwood: Kelly 

Jack Ferver and Marc Swanson: Chambre 
Exhibition: September 24–October 4, 2015
Performances: Thursday–Friday 7pm; Saturday–Sunday 3pm

The New Museum and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will present the New York City premiere of Jack Ferver and Marc Swanson’s Chambre, as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line festival. In Chambre, writer, choreographer, and director Ferver and visual artist Swanson take Jean Genet’s The Maids as a point of departure for a farcical attack on the contemporary culture of celebrity and greed. Ferver refracts Genet through many lenses, including the gruesome facts of the real-life murders that inspired The Maids, Lady Gaga’s infamous courtroom deposition speech, role-play, and a manic fantasy escape to the City of Lights. Swanson’s mythic and evocative sculptures—on view as an installation during Museum hours—function as both freestanding artworks and a theatrical set. Performed by Ferver, Michelle Mola, and Jacob Slominski, Chambre asks not how such a violent thing could have happened, but why things like this don’t happen more often. Buy tickets now.

Presentation support for Chambre

Performance and open studios
September 20, 2015–January 10, 2016 

Working within a pop-up repertory theater model, X-ID REP is a research-driven enterprise designed to examine the shifting ethical boundaries surrounding intercultural cross-play on contemporary American stages. The project brings together a group of directors and playwrights recognized for their diverse approaches to staging across various identifications of class, race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability, among others. These artists will cast a resident company of actors with whom they will collaborate to develop material that further highlights a spectrum of approaches to the topic. Their rehearsal-based research will unfold in a studio environment that will be open to the public at set times and will culminate in a performance presentation of their findings. Operating from various positions of agency and privilege, the members of X-ID REP will collectively examine the construct of staging intercultural cross-identifications while directing our attention to the social conditions from which these constructs emerge and persist, perniciously or otherwise. Participating artists: Lileana Blain-Cruz, Kirk Wood Bromley, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Kareem Fahmy, MJ Kaufman, JJ Lind, Aya Ogawa, and Niegel Smith.

September 20: Company auditions
October 26–31: Open studio rehearsals with director Kareem Fahmy
November 2–7
: Open studio rehearsals with director JJ Lind
November 16–21:Open studio rehearsals with director Lileana Blain-Cruz
December 16–21
:Open studio rehearsals with director Niegel Smith
January 8–9
:Performance presentation

Presentation support for X-ID REP 

New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collections of Ideas around PERSONA
Sessions: September 28–December 21, 2015
Consortium: December 5, 2015

Aligned with R&D Season themes, New Museum Seminars provide a platform for discussing and debating ideas as they emerge, and for developing scholarship directly referencing art’s place in culture. A group of 10 to 12 participants from diverse backgrounds will meet regularly for 12 weeks to plan and implement a bibliography as well as a public event featuring leading figures whose work has shaped the topic of study. 

Visit New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collections of Ideas for more information, a full list of supporters, and program applications.

Experimental Study Program 
Classes: October 9–December 11, 2015

The New Museum’s Experimental Study Program (ESP) pairs youths (15 to 20 years old) with artists to collaborate on projects and research related to season themes. Over several months, teens and New Museum staff will undergo an intensive exploration of PERSONA as framed by Wynne Greenwood and artists participating in X-ID REP. Contributors will consider subjecthood, from “self” to “character,” as experienced and crafted across physical and digital realities.  

Support for ESP

About the R&D SPECULATION Season team
R&D Seasons are spearheaded by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum. Kelly is co-curated by Burton and Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, with Sara O’Keeffe, Assistant Curator, New Museum. An earlier iteration of this project, Stacy, was presented at the Cooley Gallery in the summer and fall of 2014 and was curated by Snyder. Chambre is organized by Burton and Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance and Manager of Public Programs. X-ID REP is organized by Chamberlain. New Museum Seminars are organized by Burton with Alicia Ritson, Research Fellow. The Experimental Study Program is organized by Shawn Leonardo, Manager of G:Class and Community Programs, and Emily Mello, Associate Director of Education.

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