FEBRUARY 2016: Performance commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, as part of the IDENTIFY series
Curated by Dorothy Moss, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture

Thursday, February 4, 2016, beginning at 5:30 pm in NPG's Great Hall on the third floor

8th Street and F Street NW Washington, DC

A 24-hour endurance performance in Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park (Rosslyn, Virginia). The piece uses T.S. Eliot’s 4 Quartets as a guide while exploring Holt’s design for this public park. Image: Mikhail Bezruchko


A polar struggle between two characters tethered together and unwilling to compromise. Image: Margaret Boozer


Performed on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and built of details mined from local history, such as the arrest of Anne Newport Royall as a common scold (1829; a Hill resident and one of America's first female journalists).
The fanfare that surrounded Royall's trial intermixes with residues of a wider history challenging women's free speech to construct a portrait of a contemporary woman peering at her gender through the lens of the past. Image: Nguyen Khoi Nguyen


A 3-floor installation with live activity and sound that uses geophagy (earth-eating) as a launching point for an experiential poem about need. The incessant consumption of a visually bountiful but non-nutritive food substitute is central to the main idea of the project. Image: Janine Parziale


with Eames Armstrong and Ian McDermott.
Image: Frank Hallam Day


Separate but interacting vignette stages house individual performances. Task-based activity cycles through making/un-making. Time markers that form flexible but regular intervals are made visible through labor and product, while time itself is suggested as simultaneously progressing, inverting, and held in suspension. Image: Steven Cummings


Workers on the STASIS production line make objects (vacuum-sealed packages of still-moist pottery) that are weighed and priced at $22/lb. Packages are tagged and available for sale.
Image: Mary Coble


A full-scale production line on display in the gallery. Labor sets its sights on "perfection" and preservation while the product inevitably falls apart. Image: Mary Coble

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