Season at a glance

On View
Tues-Sat from 12pm-5pm
Oct 20-Dec 1
The VOTE Project

Live Arts is honored to announce the four commissioned artists of The VOTE Project installation, on view at the Ford Foundation Live Gallery later this month: Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Stephon Senegal, and Hong Wu. Four commissioned artists and the letter they will be responsible for: V...

October 19-January 2021
A seven-week performance
The Future is Present: A Casting the Vote Project

Created in collaboration with youth artist/activists and Bard students led by the creative team of Charlotte Brathwaite, Janani Balasubramanian, Justin Hicks, and Sunder Ganglani with producer Alyssa Simmons, documentarian June Cross, and project coordinator Anna Krist. THE FUTURE IS PRESENT (TFP) is a seven-week performance and action laboratory that centers the voices and vision of Black and Indigenous young people, and builds...

Sat, Oct 24 @
In-person: 8am-8pm (EDT) &
Live Streamed: 2pm-5pm (EDT)
Holly Bass: Moneymaker

Sporting a pompadour, a bedazzled cummerbund spelling out $€X, and golden orbs amplifying her backside, Bass draws inspiration from James Brown, “the hardest working man in show business” and Sarah Baartman, the South African woman who became world-famous as the Venus Hottentot. Over the course of twelve hours, Bass will dance to a soundtrack...

Oct 29 @ 5:30pm (EST)
advanced registration required
ICA Forum: Racism, Public Health, and Contemporary Art

In recent months, local and state leaders in more than 25 states have declared racism a public health threat; the City of Boston proclaimed this summer that “racism constitutes an emergency and public health crisis.” This public event, moderated by the Boston Globe’s Jeneé Osterheldt, is the second ICA Forum...

Nov 8 @ 7pm (EST)
Message from the Library: Bill T. Jones

Multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer Bill T. Jones has been commissioned by Brooklyn Public Library to present the next Message from the Library lecture. His message, entitled, “At Risk” will consider the powers of language, performance and perception, as well as their limits. Message from the Library lectures ask...

NOV 11 @ 6PM (EST)
Bill Chats: The Future is Present, A Casting the Vote Project

A co-production of The Fisher Center at Bard, the Bard Theater & Performance Program, and Casting the Vote. A co-commissioned by Live Arts Bard and New York Live Arts. On November 11th, Bill T. Jones will have a conversation with the artists and organizers behind The Future is Present: A Casting the...

Nov 19 @ 8pm (EST)
Live streamed
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Continuous Replay: Come Together

Virtual performance and fundraiser for Black Strategy Fund, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) & Buy From A Black Woman. Hosted by Bill T. Jones Opening conversation with Anthony D. Romero, Patrisse Cullors, Nikki Porcher, and Khary Lazzare-White Amidst the isolation and racial uprisings of the Covid-19 pandemic, forty four current and...

Launches Dec 2020
Curating the End of the World: Red Spring

Organizer Reynaldo Anderson, and curators Sheree Renée Thomas, Danielle L. Littlefield, and Dacia Polk with Black Speculative Arts Movement, return to New York Live Arts with an online exhibition titled Red Spring; a follow up to their acclaimed group show from earlier this year, Curating the End of The World. Red Spring evokes the clarion call for dignity, equality, and justice portrayed in Claude McKay’s classic Red Summer poem, “If...

Dec 4 @ 6:30PM (EST)

Live Arts’ 2019–2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA) Raja Feather Kelly will host a watch party of his in-process documentary, ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY, co-directed with long time collaborator, documentary filmmaker, and producer, Laura Snow. In this first part of what will be a feature-length documentary, Kelly and his company, the feath3r theory, capture...

Dec 5, 2020

Live Arts partner and independent monthly performance series, EdgeCut, will present SANITY: the second showcase in an online group performance series, on December 5th. Initially convening in January 2020 at NEW INC—the art, tech, and design incubator at The New Museum of Art in New York—this virtual series makes online provocations around specific...

Lobby: Dec 9 & 10 @ 7pm EST
Virtual: Dec 11 & 12 @ 7pm EST
Raja Feather Kelly: HYSTERIA

HYSTERIA, a performance and installation piece debuting in the Ford Foundation Live Gallery on December 9 and 10, and virtually on December 11 and 12, continues Raja Feather Kelly’s study of pop culture and its displacement of queer Black subjectivity. Picking up where his 2018 performance, UGLY, left off, Kelly resituates...

Launching Dec 2020
Ari Melenciano: Algo•Aura Ritual

Launching in December 2020, Live Feed resident Ari Melenciano ’s Algo•Aura Ritual uses computer vision, machine learning, modular synthesis, and human-computer movement interactivity to modulate algorithms that produce symbolic meaning through a quantum-mechanics-inspired pixel analysis. In its simplest essence, movements in response to...