Stationary sculptures and canvasses are all fine and good, but sometimes a little action in art is refreshing. This week, a couple of performance artists spice up the museum scene.
Tonight, the Corcoran's Hammer Auditorium hosts a presentation of experimental video and sound art. The program is called "Antithesis," and it is the second installation of Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran's Experimental Media Series. Holly Bass, a performance artist, presents ROMP, her exploration of how technology has changed the way we interact with one another. Other local artists present video and sound works that take on topics like politics, patriotism and the news media.
A master of performance art comes to the Hirshhorn on Saturday. Artist Oliver Herring directs 60 volunteers in a performance piece called "Task." At Herring's instruction, the volunteers complete simple actions using paper and pens, tables and CDs. These tasks evolve over the course of seven hours (from noon to 7 p.m.). Gawkers are welcome to check out the piece as it unfolds on the museum's plaza and to attend the evening events, which include a discussion about the piece in the Ring Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. (tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning at 6:30 p.m.) and a reception with a cash bar at 8:30 p.m.
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