Stage a Performance

Liberty (Liberté) was performed by an artist named Puppies Puppies on an outdoor terrace at the Whitney during the 2017 Biennial exhibition. They wore a green gown and a Statue of Liberty crown. At that time, the Whitney's gift shop also sold $5 liberty crowns to visitors. Puppies Puppies began thinking of performance as an art form in high school when they dressed up as their school’s lion mascot. Since then, they have performed a variety of popular characters in galleries and museums, including Gollum, Voldemort, and SpongeBob. 

Use clothing and objects that you find at home to create a character that disguises every trace of who you are. What types of actions would this character perform? Think about a story that your character could act out and arrange a performance in your living room!

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Puppies Puppies, Liberty (Liberté), 2017. Performer or mannequin, Statue of Liberty costume, dimensions variable See components. Purchase, with funds from Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Miller Neidich in honor of Scott Rothkopf and Jonathan Burnham; 2018.12. © Puppies Puppies, courtesy Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris

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