Tameka Norris performing Untitled, 2012, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, November 17, 2012, Photo by Max Fields.

Tameka Norris and Senga Nengudi Two performances: Untitled, 2012 and RSVP, 1976 and 1976-77

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Tameka Norris (b. 1979 in Agana, Guam; lives in New Orleans, New York and Los Angeles) creates a painting live in The Studio Museum in Harlem galleries. Norris cuts her tongue with the single stroke of a knife blade and drags it deliberately along the gallery wall, replacing brush and paint with her mouth and bodily fluids.

Senga Nengudi’s (b. 1943 in Chicago, IL; lives and works in Colorado Springs, CO) “RSVP” series was originally made in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Made of pantyhose and attached to the wall, the works were originally activated by artist Maren Hassinger (b. 1947 in Los Angeles, CA) who moved through the composition and explored the materiality of this flexible yet restrictive material. A new work in the series will be activated by Hassinger, Regina Rocke, and Marya Wethers.


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
  • Sat. Nov 16, 10:58 am
A 25-hour marathon reading of John Cage’s edited anthology, Silence: Lectures and Writings (1961) by over 80 invited collaborators.
  • Sat. Nov 16, 2:45 pm
An exchange between artist and viewer in which the artist offers participants hats constructed from newspapers in exchange for an idea.
  • 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
  • Tue. Nov 12, 8:00 pm
The first-ever retrospective concert of the Fluxus founder's “action as composition” works.