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In the affirmative culture of the art market, where art is tolerated as essentially nonthreatening, what is the place and role of negative affects? The Cringe suggests some of the potential gains of anxiety, embarrassment, shame and mortification through the dark humor of two New York based artists, performers, choreographers and dancers. Previously presented at the Center Pompidou, Paris and Hauser and Wirth, Zurich Ieva Misevičiūtė’s Lord of Beef presents a series of impersonations: dance and speech acts depicting objects, people, phenomena, and philosophical concepts. Rebecca Patek presents a new work that unsettles the controlling codes and rules of the museum and performance space.

Following the performances Rebecca Patek, Ieva Misevičiūtė, artist Leigh Ledare and Mark Beasley, Guest Curator MoMA PS1,  discuss the role of anxiety and social taboo within visual arts performance.

This event is presented in conjunction with Greater New York.