Performance Space New York will hand over the management to the artists for a year

Performance Space New York, which was founded in an abandoned public school building in the East Village in 1980, today announced an ambitious restructuring plan that will essentially give artists the freedom to reinvent the purpose of the space. experimental art. The organization, which announced a new name (formerly known as Performance Space 122) and brand identity in 2018 following a major renovation, invited a group of artists and collectives based in New York to run the venue for all of 2020. .

“The artists have been given keys to the spaces, have moved into our offices and will move into our theaters next month,” reads a letter from Performance Space New York artistic director Jenny Schlenzka and choreographer Sarah Michelson. , which will help the artists take over the space. “They have full transparency into the inner workings of the organization and full artistic control of our programming, including website oversight. Our total annual production budget is entirely at the disposal of artists to remunerate themselves and develop their programmatic platforms. The only requirement of their mandate is that the spaces must be used.

The artists chosen to lead the organization for a year in a project called “02020” are Janice Amaya; BRUJAS members Arianna Gil, Dada Coz, Sarah Snider, Antonia Perez and Ripley Soprano; Jonathan González; Monique Mirabile; and key New Red Order collective contributors Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys. Michelson, who was named a MacArthur Fellow last year, will serve as an environmentalist serving the group and staff in an ever-changing role and relationship. The cohort will announce their initial plans for Performance Space New York on their website in mid-February.

“Changing our model means changing our future: towards new institutional structures, new coalitions, new partnerships, new priorities. We know that artistic practice is changing, the world is changing, and we must be prepared to adapt,” the letter reads. “Our stratified economic and political climate generates an urgency to open borders and expand access. With artists and staff working together in the belly of the beast, we hope to design future modeling for more lateral working partnerships and reform the mission statement to reflect this changing world. The entire Performance Space staff has been and will continue to work closely with artists in 2020 and beyond.

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