Performance As Sculpture / Sculpture As Performance

Floor 3, Seminar Room

Far more than static objects, sculpture today often incorporates movement, sound, video, and even performance. This four-week course offers participants a chance to consider the ways contemporary artists are pushing the boundaries of one of the oldest artistic disciplines, and reworking its most essential subject—the human figure—by using strategies borrowed from the time-based medium of performance. Drawing on the work of Rachel Harrison, Pope.L, and Jason Moran—each featured in a solo exhibition at the Whitney this season—the course will look at how these artists and others are reimagining objects in light of our current political moment. Though their practices vary greatly, contemporary artists working in three-dimensions are connected by a shared question: how do sculptures that perform force us to rethink the objects and beliefs that shape our everyday life?

Option 1: Wednesday, October 30, and November 6, 13, 20
3–4:30 pm

Option 2: Thursday, October 31, and November 7, 14, 21
2–3:30 pm

Instructor: Josh Lubin-Levy is a Joan Tisch Senior Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at NYU. For the past ten years, Lubin-Levy has worked as a dance dramaturg and performance curator. He has recently joined the faculty at Bard College as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Theater and Performance.

Registration is required ($390 adults; $325 members). Please email for inquiries and information about this course.

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