MoMA PS1 Performance to Explore Anxiety in Art


In what sounds like a particularly confrontational form of art therapy, MoMA PS1 will host a performance titled “The Cringe: Art, Anxiety and Performance” at 3 PM on Sunday, October 18, as part of “Greater New York.” The event consists of two performance pieces by New York–based artists: Ieva Misevičiūtė’s “Lord of Beef,” previously showcased at the Center Pompidou and the Zurich branch of Hauser & Wirth, followed by a new work by Rebecca Patek that, according to a release, “unsettles the controlling codes and rules of the museum and performance space.” Afterward, the artists will engage in a talk with artist Leigh Ledare and MoMA guest curator Mark Beasley about the values of adrenaline and dark humor in performance art.

“In the affirmative culture of the art market, where art is tolerated as essentially nonthreatening, what is the place and role of negative affects?” asks the event description on MoMA’s site. So, don your lucky socks, grab a stress ball (and/or a beta blocker), and prepare to be unsettled.

— Anneliese Cooper (@DawnDavenport)

(Photo: Courtest MoMA PS1)