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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/25/2008

Art in Motion (and a Spooky Video)

By Julia Beizer

Paintings, photographs and sculpture: they can be easy art forms to love. You can breeze by even the most complicated, controversial painting and just appreciate its aesthetics with a passing glance. Video and performance art are generally more elusive mistresses; they require commitment. This weekend offers some great opportunities for those who want to dip their toes in the performance and video art waters.

Since Wednesday, Meat Market Gallery has celebrated its second annual Performance Week, a nightly slate of shows by some of the brightest performing art stars from this area and beyond. This year, the gallery collaborated with other area arts organizations (Pink Line, Civilian Art Projects and the Goethe-Institut) and took over a borrowed building at 1840 14th St. NW for the week.

Tonight, performances by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Megan Palaima and Liz Rosenfeld kick off the evening between 5 and 7 p.m. Stephan Schultz, the German mastermind behind this minimalist number, performs at 7 p.m. Lectures and film screenings take place from 2 to 4 on Saturday and the event closes out with a party from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. There will be two DJs and free drinks until midnight (the hosts will be accepting donations).

Also on Saturday, Paul D. Miller, also known as turntablist DJ Spooky, presents his highly acclaimed video work "New York Is Now" from 4 to 6 p.m. at Irvine Contemporary. The Dissident Display crew will be manning the audio-visual side of the projection screening, so those artists will screen video works in the Irvine space from 6 to 7 p.m.

--Julia

By Julia Beizer  | January 25, 2008; 12:27 PM ET
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