WACK! Performances: Joan Jonas, Eileen Myles, Myra Mniewski & Chana Pollack, Tisa Bryant, Emily Lacy, and Cecilia Vicu�±a

Sunday, March 16, 2008
1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

1:30pm and 3:30pm in the Third Floor Main Gallery

Joan Jonas presents Mirror Check (1970) performed by Maris Vachon. Beginning in 1968, Jonas began incorporating mirrors into her work, first employing performers and then turning the mirror on her own body. In this early performance Jonas exposes—and disappoints—voyeuristic desire by offering the artist's naked body for public view but ultimately proves the impenetrable and private relationship between a woman and her own body.

2pm in the Third Floor Main Gallery

Eileen Myles hosts poets Myra Mniewski & Chana Pollack, writer Tisa Bryant, and folksinger/filmmaker Emily Lacy. Eileen Myles curates the project Scout that combines modes of writing and performance in public settings.

Eileen Myles is a poet and feminist, and the author of fifteen books, including her most recent being Sorry Tree which deals with love, war, and the careless cultivation of the earth. From 2004 to 2006, her opera Hell (score by Michael Webster) was performed throughout North America.

Myra Mniewski is a poet and translator. She has recently returned to her linguistic roots as the director of Yugntruf-Youth for Yiddish. Her work has appeared in Bloom, Bridges, Afn Shvel, Forverts and The New Fuck You.

Chana Pollack is a filmmaker and photo archivist at the Forverts Yiddish Newspaper. Her experimental films have been screened throughout the U.S. and abroad. Together with Mniewski, Pollack runs Pollack~Mniewski Research and Translation, which incorporates translations of letters, memoirs, literature, plays and newspaper accounts written in Yiddish into video and performance art.

In her writing, Tisa Bryant traverses the boundaries between gender, culture, and history. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Believer, 1913: A Journal and Sustainable Aircraft. She is currently working on a novel that addresses identity, visual culture and the lost films of auteur Justine Cable.

Emily Lacy is a folksinger, filmmaker, and an activist-artist devoted to the provocation of hope through a commitment to peace.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

4pm in the Third Floor Main Gallery.

Cecilia Vicuña presents the ceremonial multimedia theater work mtChondrial eve, mother of threads. In her performances, Vicuña uses Spanish and English, as well as non-verbal vocal sounds, and other sound effects. Her new performance for P.S.1 will incorporate textiles, poetry, and new media.

Free with admission.



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