Is the Living Body the Last thing Left Alive?

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018

Andre Lepecki at podium

Professor and Department Chair, André Lepecki

Book launch with Claire Bishop, Cosmin Costinas, Adrienne Edwards, Inti Guerrero, Ana Janevski, and André Lepecki, with a talk by André Lepecki.

Monday, November 12, 7pm | 311 E Broadway

Join us at e-flux for the New York launch of the recent publication Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive?: The New Performance Turn, Its Histories and Its Institutions, edited by Cosmin Costinaș and Ana Janevski and co-published by Para Site and Sternberg Press (2017).

Dedicated to the renewed encounter between dance and performance and the institutions of global contemporary art, Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? proposes that a “new performance turn” has emerged in the second decade of the century, and looks at its correlations with other shifts in practices, discourses, and broader society.

Claire Bishop is a Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her books include Installation Art: A Critical History (2005), Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (2012), and Radical Museology, or, What’s Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art? (2013). 

Cosmin Costinas is the Executive Director/Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong since 2011 and Guest Curator of the 2018 Dak’art Biennial, Dakar, and was previously Curator of BAK, Utrecht. Costinas co-authored the novel Philip (2007), and has edited and contributed his writing to numerous books, magazines, and exhibition catalogs.

Adrienne Edwards is the Curator of Performance at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and was previously a curator at Performa, New York and at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogs as well as the art publications ApertureArt in AmericaArtforumParkett, and Spike Art Quarterly.

Inti Guerrero is an art critic and curator based in Hong Kong, and Artistic Director of the art foundation Bellas Artes Projects (Manila and Bataan). His writings have been published in AfterallArt Asia Pacific and Manifesta Journal, among others.

Ana Janevski is Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and was previously Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Her publications include Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done (2018, with Thomas J. Lax), Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology (2018, with Roxana Marcocci),​and Boris Charmatz: Modern Dance Series (2017).​

André Lepecki is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He has curated numerous festivals and exhibitions and is the author of Exhausting Dance (2006) and Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance (2016), and the editor of Dance (2013) among other books.