Thursday, August 16, 2007

Performance Z-A


Twenty-five years ago, in September 1982, Storefront's first public event got underway in its original Prince Street location. Performance A-Z, organized by the gallery's founders Kyong Park and R L Seltman, and artist Arlene Schloss, was a 26-day sequence of performances by New York-based artists. Each of the 26 performers was allocated one evening slot. The event became a manifesto for the gallery's future programming: as Kyong Park wrote in his introduction, "Storefront supports the idea that art and design have the potential and responsibility to affect public policies which influence the quality of life and the future of all cities."

In late September 2007, Storefront will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a new edition of its first event. Entitled Performance Z-A, this 26-day celebration will be hosted in Petrosino Park, adjacent to Storefront, in a specially built pavilion designed by Korean architect Minsuk Cho. Organized by the three directors who have led Storefront over the past 25 years (Kyong Park, Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima), Performance Z-A will be an inclusive event involving not only performance artists but also representatives of all the disciplines that have participated in Storefront's program in the past decades: architects, artists, writers, researchers, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and more. For 26 days, from September 21 to October 16, 2007, the protagonists of Storefront's past, present and future will host 26 evening events including performances, concerts, open discussions, film screenings and interviews.

Participants will include Stalker Lab, Bjarke Ingels/BIG, Vito Acconci, Florian Boehm and Luca Pizzaroni, Stefano Boeri, Eyal Weizman, Anselm Franke, Minsuk Cho, Pedro Reyes, Akiko Miyake, Barbara Held, Dan Graham, Arlene Schloss, Armin Linke, Ruben Ochoa, Frederic Tuten, robbinschilds, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Jill Majid, DJ N-Ron, Academie Schloss Solitude, Tomas Saraceno, Forum for Urban Design and many more.

A detailed program of the event will be published shortly on Storefront's website at Performance Z-A will be part of a city-wide celebration of the 40th anniversary of art programming in New York City's parks, during which public parks around the city will host installations by a wide range of artists, both emergent and well-known.

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