2014 Biennial ASL Tour and Interpreted Performance
Friday, March 21 at 6PM
6 pm Reception
6:45pm ASL Tour without voice interpretation
7:30pm ASL-Interpreted theatrical performance by My Barbarian
The Whitney is thrilled to invite you to join us for an evening of art and ASL as part of the
Whitney Biennial 2014
. A free wine and cheese reception will be followed by a highlights tour with Educator Alexandria Wailes and an ASL-interpreted live performance by artist collective My Barbarian.
About the Performance:
My Barbarian, a collective consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade, draw from experimental performance, traditional theater, and visual art to produce live events, music, and videos. On March 21 My Barbarian will present a live ASL-interpreted adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother (first performed in 1932), activating the papier-mâché masks and triangular wooden stage on view in the Whitney’s Lobby Gallery. Brecht’s didactic play traces the political radicalization of a factory-worker’s mother, Pelegea Vlassova, in pre-revolutionary Russia. My Barbarian’s interpretation includes musical numbers, improvised content, and also maintains the Brechtian concept of the Lehrstück, or learning-play, by inviting audience members to participate in select scenes. The performance will last approximately 45 minutes.
Whitney Biennial 2014
The Biennial, an invitational show of work produced in the preceding two years, was introduced by founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932. The 2014 Whitney Biennial will take a bold new form as three curators from outside the Museum—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (artist and Professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago)—each oversee one floor, representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies. This Biennial will be the last to take place in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street before the Museum moves downtown to its new building in the spring of 2015.
Learn More: http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2014Biennial
Admission to tour and reception is free with advance registration. Space for performance is limited.
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