PERFORMA 13: Benjamin Patterson – Action as Composition: A Retrospective Concert

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

Founding Fluxus member Benjamin Patterson (b. 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA; lives in Wiesbaden, Germany) performs the first-ever retrospective concert of his “action as composition” works. The retrospective will include his innovative Fluxus scores from the 1960s such as Lick Piece and Paper Piece; re-imaginations of classic grand operas, including Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, and Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly; as well as the artist’s newest work.

A part of Three Duets, Seven Variations, a special series for the Performa 13 biennial, pairing six intergenerational artists for seven programs. Curated by Adrienne Edwards, Performa and Thomas J. Lax, The Studio Museum in Harlem. Co-organized by the Grey Art Gallery, NYU; The Studio Museum in Harlem; the Goethe-Institut; and Performa.

To purchase tickets, visit:

Doors open open at 7:15pm.

Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading international organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live visual art performance in the history of the twentieth century and to generating new directions for the twenty-first century, engaging artists and audiences through experimentation, innovation, and collaboration. Performa’s unique commissioning, touring, and year-round education programs, involving all disciplines, forge a new course for contemporary art and culture, and culminate in the Performa biennial in New York City every other November. In 2005, Performa launched the first-ever biennial dedicated to visual art performance, Performa 05, which was then followed by Performa 07 (2007), Performa 09 (2009), and Performa 11 (2011).

Since its inception, Performa has operated as both an urban and international project demonstrating how organizations can collaborate to present major arts programs that are both artistically innovative and internationally relevant. Performa has developed partnerships with major international institutions, commissioning, producing, and touring work from the Performa program from the very beginning. The Performa Institute, a platform for the research and educational components of Performa, presents lectures, panel discussions, and workshops on an ongoing basis that explore critical issues surrounding performance and its history across disciplines, including visual art, dance, film, music, design, and architecture.

For more information, please visit

Performa 13 is supported by grants from Toby Devan Lewis, The Lambent Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, The Potter Charitable Trust, Trust for Mutual Understanding and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  International support is provided by The Royal Norwegian Consulate, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Pro Helvetia, The Polish Cultural Institute New York, The Office for Contemporary Art Norway, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE, and FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, The Asian Cultural Council, and The Dena Foundation. Generous support is also provided by the Performa Board of Directors, The Performa Producers Circle, Curators Circle, and the Visionaries.