"Performance Now" opens at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute

7 August 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (August 7, 2013) – “Performance Now” opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition features a selection of works by 24 artists from around the world and continues through Oct. 12.

Since 2000, there has been a significant increase in the number of artists using live performance as one medium among many for expressing their ideas. “Performance Now” introduces performance art projects from 2000 to the present using photography, objects and ephemera, installation, sound and video. Bringing together notable international practitioners, the exhibition surveys critical and experimental currents in performance. According to Raechell Smith, director of the H&R Block Artspace, “Performance Now” is designed to introduce some of the most exciting projects of performance and to generate discussion about the history of performance art.

Artists included in the exhibition: Marina Abramović, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Yael Bartana, Jérôme Bel, Guy Ben-Ner, Spartacus Chetwynd, Nikhil Chopra, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Claire Fontaine, Regina José Galindo, Christian Jankowski, Jesper Just, William Kentridge, Ragnar Kjartansson, Liz Magic Laser, Kalup Linzy, Nandipha Mntambo, Kelly Nipper, Clifford Owens, Santiago Sierra, Laurie Simmons and Ryan Trecartin.

“Performance Now" is a traveling exhibition co-organized by Independent Curators International (ICI) and Performa. The curator for the exhibition is RoseLee Goldberg, artistic director and founder of Performa. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI board of trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund. In Kansas City, the exhibition is made possible with support from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the H&R Block Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

About Performa

Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading international organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live visual art performance in the history of the 20th century and to generating new directions for the 21st century, engaging artists and audiences through experimentation, innovation and collaboration. Performa’s unique year-round commissioning, touring and education programs, involving all disciplines, culminate in the internationally acclaimed Performa biennial and together forge a new course for contemporary art and culture. In 2005, Performa launched New York’s first biennial dedicated to visual art performance, Performa 05, followed by Performa 07 (2007), Performa 09 (2009) and Performa 11 (2011). Performa will present its fifth biennial, Performa 13, in November.

The Performa Institute, a platform for the research and educational components of Performa, presents lectures, panel discussions and workshops on an ongoing basis that explore critical issues surrounding performance and its history across disciplines, including dance, film, music and architecture.
About ICI

Independent Curators International (ICI) connects emerging and established curators, artists and institutions to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration through the production of exhibitions, events, publications and curatorial training. Headquartered in New York, the organization provides public access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in curating and exhibition-making around the world, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art. Since it was established in 1975, ICI has worked with more than 1,000 curators and 3,700 artists from 47 countries worldwide. Since 2010, 15 ICI exhibitions have been presented by 70 venues in 23 countries profiling the work of more than 370 artists worldwide; 110 curators and artists from the U.S. and abroad have contributed to ICI’s talks programs, online journal and conferences, and 121 curators from 24 countries and 14 U.S. states have participated in the Curatorial Intensives, ICI’s short-course professional training programs.

About the H&R Block Artspace 

Artists. Art. Ideas.
Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. Support for these programs has been provided by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, H&R Block Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information about the Artspace and public programs, please visit www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563. Admission is always free.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.

Contact Caitlin Knoll, 816-802-3458 or cknoll@kcai.edu