Benjamin Patterson performing Penny for Your Thoughts, 2011. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, January 5, 2013. Photo by Max Fields.

Benjamin Patterson A Penny for Your Thoughts

14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street MAP

Benjamin Patterson’s new work A Penny for Your Thoughts promotes an exchange between artist and viewer in which the artist offers participants hats constructed from newspapers in exchange for an idea, imbuing the performance with a type of humor common to many Fluxus projects.

Co-organized by the Grey Art Gallery, NYU; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Performa.

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).


Event Title
Date & Time
  • Sat. Nov 16, 2:00 pm
Cyrus fries a saxophone while reciting a poem based on the Texas Tenor saxophone tradition.
  • 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.
  • Tue. Nov 12, 8:00 pm
The first-ever retrospective concert of the Fluxus founder's “action as composition” works.