“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.
Chris Kraus is a writer and critic based in Los Angeles. Her novels include Summer of Hate, I Love Dick, and Torpor. She is the author of two books of art and cultural criticism, most recently, Where Art Belongs. Her monograph on conceptual art and economic activism, Lost Properties, was published in 2014 as part of Semiotexte’s contribution to the Whitney Biennial. Kraus has taught writing at the European Graduate School, NYU Writing Program, and at LACA and Human Resources in Los Angeles. She is a coeditor of Semiotexte, with Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer, and is currently writing a biography on Kathy Acker.