“Gerard & Kelly: P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange),” 2014. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Lauren Bakst
“In Bed With…” is a series of intimate two-on-one encounters between the artist duo Gerard & Kelly and others taking place on mattresses dispersed throughout the research presentation for “P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange)” in the Fifth Floor gallery. Each encounter will explore questions of precarity, work, choreography, objects, poetry, and the transmission of performance scores.
Gerard & Kelly work within an interdisciplinary framework to create project-based installations and performances that use choreography, writing, and a range of other mediums to address questions of sexuality, collective memory, and the formation of queer consciousness. This fall, they are developing a new project—“P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange)”—that continues their investigations of the choreography of relationships and the movement of cultural transmission via the vernacular of pole dancing. Their research utilizes multiple spaces throughout the Museum, includes public programs and workshops, and will culminate with a solo exhibition on view in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery from February 4 to 15, 2015.
Andrea Fraser’s work has been identified with performance, video, project-based, and context art, as well as institutional critique. Surveys of her work have been presented by the Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; the Kunstverein in Hamburg; the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands; and the Carpenter Center, Harvard University. In 2013, a major retrospective of her work was organized by the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, in conjunction with her receipt of the Wolfgang-Hahn Prize, awarded by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany. Her books include Andrea Fraser: Works 1984–2003, (Dumont, 2003), Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser (MIT Press, 2005), and Texts, Scripts, Transcripts (Museum Ludwig, 2013). Fraser was a founding member of the feminist performance group The V-Girls (1986–96), the project-based artist initiative Parasite (1997–98), and the cooperative art gallery Orchard (2005–08), and has served as a board member of W.A.G.E. since 2013. She was also co-organizer, with Helmut Draxler, of “Services,” a “working-group exhibition” that toured to eight venues in Europe and the United States between 1994 and 2001. Fraser has received grants from Art Matters, Inc., the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Anonymous Was a Woman.