April 18, 2016
... Andrea Fraser is on our mind: a screening of two videos by Adrian Piper and Charles Atlas

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.