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New York University

Praça de Touros III

Nandipha Mntambo
Praça de Touros III, archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper , 111 x 166cm; Courtesy of Brodie/Stevenson


Einstein Auditorium New York University 34 Stuyvesant Street New York



Okwui Enwezor, Deborah Willis, Clifford Owens and RoseLee Goldberg at New York University

Performa continues its Not for Sale series with 'Diamonds on the Sole of her Shoes: Contemporary Performance in Cape Town, Kinshasa and Tunis'. In the last ten years, increasing attention has been paid to contemporary art throughout the African continent. With an ever-expanding field of festivals (Spier Contemporary in Cape Town, South Africa; Recontres de Bamako: Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali; Dak’ART: Biennial of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal), non-profit art centers (Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria), foundations (Gaara Dance Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya) and galleries (Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt), and with growing world-wide recognition and discussion of artists such as Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa), Senam Okudzeto (Ghana), and Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo), there is increasing need to recognize and understand the various art histories and contemporary realities that underlie and influence this production. Performance is an important form of expression in many of these artists’ works, as well as in the broader cultural life of the cities and countries where they reside, from celebrations and funerals, to theater, movies, and dance.

Performa has invited two leading curators and writers to discuss contemporary visual art and its relationship to performance in various urban centers throughout Africa, including Cape Town, South Africa; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Tunis, Tunisia. Organized by Performa with the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions, 'Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes' will provide an introduction to performance as it relates to artists working in these and other cities. Performa is proud to welcome distinguished writer, critic, and curator Okwui Enwezor, and artist, writer, historian, and Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University Deborah Willis. Respondents will include artist and writer Clifford Owens. The conversation will be introduced and moderated by Performa founder and director RoseLee Goldberg.

Monday, October 4 at 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm),  Einstein Auditorium, New York University

Tickets: Free, but seating is limited.
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04 October 2010 - 04 October 2010