Performance Art, Present and Future / Hyperallergic

Guy Ben-Ner, still from “Stealing Beauty” (2007) (image via postmastersart.com)

Guy Ben-Ner, still from “Stealing Beauty” (2007) (image via postmastersart.com)

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — There’s an amazing show about contemporary performance art, and it may be coming to an art venue near you. Having just left the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, curator RoseLee Goldberg’s exhibition Performance Now is like a touring indie rock band, minus the live performers. Through video and documentation, it stars the likes of Marina AbramovićGuy Ben-NerKalup LinzyWilliam KentridgeLaurie Simmons, and Ryan Trecartin. It’s imperative to catch this show now — before the work therein becomes performance art history.

Performance Now offers a stellar line-up of some of the most important performance artists working today, although getting all of them together in one space isn’t always easy or successful. I didn’t have a chance to watch every piece, for instance — curating approximately 20 video works sprawled out over three rooms isn’t exactly conducive to full attention spans.

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