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Autumn Knight:
Sanity TV

Autumn Knight’s ongoing performance series Sanity TV, which began in 2016 during Knight’s residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, takes the form of an imaginary television talk show in which she plays the role of host. The performance is improvisational in structure: Knight moves through the crowd, rearranges the seating, and gives the viewers various prompts, asking them, for instance, to answer absurdist questions or to clap or dance for different “segments” of the show. Provoking laughter and occasional discomfort, Knight uses irrationality as a way to make meaning in the contemporary situation. Knight, who received a master’s degree in drama therapy, often makes the psychology of group dynamics central to her work, constructing scenarios that exaggerate and probe the power relationships at play in a performance. For the Biennial, she will be using different spaces to play with and explore distinct individual and group dynamics.

June 29, 2019
1 pm
Floor 4, Whitney Museum Offices

June 29, 2019
3:30 pm
Floor 3, Whitney Museum Offices

July 27, 2019
7:30 pm
Floor 8, Tom and Diane Tuft Trustee Room

September 5, 2019
7:30 pm
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

September 7, 2019
7:30 pm
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

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