Salon 41 is focused on performance, an act which implies a distinction between those who are performing and those who are watching, and exists in a constant state of evaluation—whether literally in a workplace review, in political proceedings, or even in the form of likes and views. As we go about our daily lives, we are constantly enacting performances of self, adapting them to fit the nuances of each audience we encounter. If theaters have not been the only sites for performance for centuries, the advent of digital technology has further displaced the performer and their audience across time and space. This salon’s ambition is to examine performance’s contemporary manifestations and provide the critical distance we need to understand its now permanent omnipresence.
CORRECTION: At 3:30 the correct attribution for the artwork is: “Sun&Sea” by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė.
The evening will commence with a brief introduction by Paola Antonelli, followed by equally brief presentations by – here in alphabetical order:
Jane Coaston: was the host of “The Argument” podcast, a politics reporter at Vox, among other accomplishments, and is now an opinion writer for the New York Times.
Aimee Meredith Cox: is a critical ethnographer, writer, movement artist, and Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU.
Joan Kee: is a professor in the History of Art at the University of Michigan and a current Ford Scholar at the Museum of Modern Art.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a multi-spirited Nigerian American author, performance artist, and curator of Yoruba and Natchez descent originally from Detroit, MI.
Richard Sennett: is an esteemed sociologist and author who currently serves as Senior Advisor to the United Nations on its Program on Climate Change and Cities.
Barbara Tannenbaum: is the Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, where she teaches a course in Persuasive Communication.
The presentations will be accompanied by the screening of a series of short videos cut specifically for Salon 41.
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