Pond (installation view), 1962. Courtesy Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Photo by Max Fields.

Benjamin Patterson Pond

Grey Art Gallery, NYU

Composed in November 1962, Pond is one of Patterson’s earliest action scores, written for nine performers and inviting the spectator to become participant. Patterson constructs a grid, chalked on the floor, in which wind-up toys, typically frogs, move indeterminately and direct the participants’ actions based on a set of accompanying instructions.


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.

Event Title
Date & Time
  • 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.