Lyle Ashton Harris in
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver
Memoirs of Hadrian #32, 2002. Dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid), 24″ x 20″. Private Collection.
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
September 10 – December 7, 2013
The Studio Museum in Harlem
November 14, 2013 – March 9, 2014
Providing a critical history beginning with Fluxus and Conceptual art in the early 1960s through present-day practices, Radical Presence chronicles the emergence and development of black performance art over three generations, presenting a rich and complex look at this important facet of contemporary art. The exhibitioncomprises more than 100 works by some 37 artists, including video and photo documentation of performances, performance scores and installations, interactive works, and artworks created as a result of performance actions. Accompanying the exhibition is a 144-page, illustrated hardcover catalogue, a major contribution to scholarship on performance art as well as black visual art.