April 18, 2016
The art critic Andre Rottmann once described Andrea Fraser's videos and performances as “excessive enactment.

Funk Lesson Meta Performance, (1987) by Adrian Piper, is a re-edited documentary of a meta-performance at the Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago. Piper discusses with an all-white audience the recording of a previous 1983 performance where an audience in Berkeley was taught to listen and dance to funk music.

In Rainer Variations, (2002) by Charles Atlas, archival film clips mix with newly-shot video to portray what filmmaker and choreographer Yvonne Rainer considers a “faux Rainer portrait.” Using enactment, re-enactment, and techniques of documentary filmmaking, Atlas uncovers a skepticism about the ability of portraiture to reveal the “real” artist rather than a persona.

This event is the tenth event in our year-long season about and around the work of Andrea Fraser.

Screening begins at 7:15 pm.
Adrian Piper, 20th Century Video Set: Funk Lessons Meta-Performance [still], 1987.
Adrian Piper, 20th Century Video Set: Funk Lessons Meta-Performance [still], 1987.
Charles Atlas, Rainer Variations [still], 2002.
Charles Atlas, Rainer Variations [still], 2002.