Benjamin Patterson, Paper Piece, 1961 (detail). Performed at Hypokriterion Theater, Amsterdam, June 23, 1963. Courtesy Archive Bonotto (Molvena).

Benjamin Patterson Action as Composition: A Retrospective Concert

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Founding Fluxus member Benjamin Patterson (b. 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA; lives in Wiesbaden, Germany) performs the first-ever retrospective concert of his “action as composition” works. The retrospective will include his innovative Fluxus scores from the 1960s such as Paper Piece (1961) and  Duo for Voice and a String Instrument (1961) with Chilo Eribenne; re-imaginations of classic grand operas, including Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, and Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly; as well as the artist’s newest work.

Three Duets, Seven Variations, a special series for the Performa 13 biennial, pairing six intergenerational artists for seven programs, is presented as part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. This program is organized by Adrienne Edwards, Performa, and Thomas J. Lax, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Radical Presence is curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and presented in New York in two parts: Part I at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery (September 10–December 7, 2013) and Part II at The Studio Museum in Harlem (November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014).

Co-organized by the Grey Art Gallery, NYU; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Performa. Presented with the Goethe-Institut New York.




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Event Title
Date & Time
  • Sat. Nov 16, 1:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 16, 4:00 pm
Pond is one of Patterson’s earliest action scores, written for nine performers and inviting the spectator to become participant
  • Thu. Nov 14, 7:00 pm
Norris creates a live painting and dancers activate a new Nengudi sculpture in a pair of performances.