For the inaugural Intermissions performance, New York-based artist Xavier Cha presents “In The News,” a new work conceived for the Ren’s large open space. Creating a volatile scene for the watchful eyes of the crowd, two actors engage with each other and their surroundings in a hyper-physical encounter.
Doors at 3:30PM, performance at 4PM; a reception with the artist to follow.
Cha’s performances and videos grapple with aspects of subjectivity and agency in the digital age. In dynamic ways, they explore our mutating senses of self and our relations to other people—fed by heightened circuits of self-spectatorship, voyeurism, or surveillance, but grounded as much as ever in the physical body.
Intermissions is a new programming series at the Renaissance Society devoted to ephemeral or performance-based works, staged in the empty gallery in between exhibitions. This recurring platform presents two major works every year, supporting a wide variety of live projects.
Intermissions is curated by Karsten Lund.
XAVIER CHA (1980) is based in New York, and has had recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2016); 47 Canal, New York (2015, 2012); Aspect / Ratio, Chicago (2013); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011), and has staged performance works at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara (2015); INOVA, Milwaukee (2015); the New Museum (2013), to name only a few. Cha received a Frieze Film Commission in 2015, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2012.
This series is funded by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund.