By Lumi Tan
On November 21st, the scene at the New Museum’s Skyroom was familiar, but not entirely expected, as the entry into an early evening performance. Booming dance music by TOTAL FREEDOM was played, free liquor was served, and there was no perceptible “performance” for quite some time. The majority of the room filled up with those happy to drink, chat over the music, and mill around for over an hour after the stated start time. Perhaps they were already familiar with Wu Tsang’s background as the organizer of the legendary party/performance night WILDNESS in Los Angeles.
By Lumi Tan
The screen is ever- present in both life and art, and even when being used as a tool of information or communication, one is generally hiding behind it. Frances Stark spends the majority of her performance Put a Song in Your Thing (curated by Mark Beasley), behind a screen, but still manages to reveal quite a bit. Her vulnerability is a constant focus, whether it be in her self-consciously sexy online chats (which are further explored in her video My Best Thing, currently on view at MoMA PS1), her surrender to the unrelenting bass of Mark Leckey’s onstage sculpture BogBOxSoftSculptureTelephoneAction, or her willingness to be “daggered” by a master of the dance move, Skerrit Bwoy.
Skerrit Bwoy with Frances Stark