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PERFORMA05 has been curated by a consortium of independent organizers and curators at New York's leading arts organizations. Each curator was invited to propose a program especially for PERFORMA05 that focused on performance by visual artists. Proposals were reviewed by PERFORMA's director and curatorial team, with the goal of providing a broad spectrum of opinion on contemporary performance in the visual arts. Some venues invited additional proposals from independent curators. With a total of 98 artists at more than 20 venues, PERFORMA05 reflects the selection of fourteen active curators.

MICHAEL SMITH: Selected Videos, 1980-2005

Anthology Film Archives
Film Screening
Friday, November 11, 8 pm

Michael Smith: Selected Videos, 1980-2005 surveys over 25 years of Smith’s videos which initially emerged at a crossroad between 1970s performance art and 1980s late-night cable television. Starring himself as the inimitable “Mike”, Smith’s works are deadpan exposures of ???utterly bland realities and misguided materialism,’ that ape the claustrophobic, domestic world of the sit-com or sketch comedy show.

Instead of real challenges, Mike’s tasks are of the most banal sort: laundry, to-do lists, getting ready for a party, or responding to his mail.

Michael Smith will be joined by Jay Sanders for a post-screening discussion.

Presented by PERFORMA. Organized by Jay Sanders for PERFORMA05.