Performa 11

The month-long performance art showcase kicks off this week. TONY offers its picks.

  • Photograph: The artist; courtesy Galerie Giti Norbasch; Berlin; and Sadie Coles HQ; London

    Spartacus Chetwynd, preview image for The Lion Tamer

    Spartacus Chetwynd, preview image for The Lion Tamer.

  • Photograph: Copyright Elmar Vestner

    Elmgreen & Dragset, Happy Days in the Art World

    Elmgreen & Dragset, Happy Days in the Art World

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Gallery Chelsea

    Rashaad Newsome, The Tournament

    Rashaad Newsome, The Tournament

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the artist and Scaramouche

    Jonathan VanDyke, performance still from Gloved Impediment

    Jonathan VanDyke, performance still from Gloved Impediment

Photograph: The artist; courtesy Galerie Giti Norbasch; Berlin; and Sadie Coles HQ; London

Spartacus Chetwynd, preview image for The Lion Tamer

Spartacus Chetwynd, preview image for The Lion Tamer.

Spartacus Chetwynd, The Lion Tamer at New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery at Prince St (212-219-1222, newmuseum.org). Subway: J, Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring St. Wed 8--9pm. $12, seniors $10, students with ID $8, children under 18 free. Wed 2 at 8pm. As part of her installation for the NewMu's 231 Bowery space, Chetwynd presents this spectacle, in which lion-taming becomes a cathartic metaphor for dealing with outsize egos—meaning, in this case, the performers in the piece itself.

Elmgreen & Dragset, Happy Days in the Art World at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Pl at Washington Sq South (212-352-3101, 11.performa-arts.org/plan-your-visit/calendar). Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St. Tue 7:30--9:30pm. $25--$35. Tue 1. The Scandinavian duo of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, heretofore known for architectural installations that upend preconceptions about the art world's institutional settings, turn to theater in this piece, which they describe as self-portrait inspired, in part, by Samuel Beckett's Happy Days. Actors Joseph Fiennes and Charles Edwards play the artists as they drolly wrestle with the past and future of their artistic collaboration, in an evening-length production directed by Toby Frow.

FREE Rashaad Newsome, Tournament at Marlborough Chelsea, 545 W 25th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-463-8634, 11.performa-arts.org/event/rashaad-newsome). Subway: C, E to 23rd St. Wed 6--8pm. Wed 2 at 6pm. Newsome stages a freestyle rap "joust," pitting himself against ten up-and-coming MCs. Talk about getting medieval on someone's ass! 

FREE Jonathan VanDyke, With One Hand Between Us at Scaramouche, 52 Orchard St between Grand and Hester Sts (212-228-2229, 11.performa-arts.org/plan-your-visit/calendar). Subway: J, Z, M to Delancey--Essex Sts; F to Delancey St. Wed 11:30am--7pm. Wed 2. The artist, whose work to date includes minimalist sculptures that dribble paint and a staring contest with a Jackson Pollock painting, offers a daylong "storefront drama" performed under dripping paint. Bring an umbrella.

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