Performing Beyond Funding Limits

May–June 2013

From L–R: Erin Markey. Courtesy the artist / Salley May. Photo: Jim Moore / Brigham Mosley. Photo: Erik Carter / Tobaron Waxman, “Tashlich,” 2009. Performance for camera. Photo: Benjamin Coopersmith

A two-part, multi-artist performance residency and research project in conjunction with the exhibition “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” and IDEAS CITY 2013.

Part 1: NEA 4 in Residence

A series of four individual residencies with Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller sets the stage for tackling contemporary issues surrounding funding for performance art today in light of the culture wars of the early ’90s. View full program R

Part 2: Performing Beyond Funding Limits

The NEA 4, in collaboration with four curators who supported their work during the culture wars of the ’90s, were asked to select four under-supported New York–based artists whose practices present unique challenges within the limits of traditional funding models for performance. The selected artists will engage in a weeklong research residency to develop radical “business plans” for better sustaining their own practices and to imagine new strategies beyond the limits of available funding.

Erin Markey was selected by Holly Hughes and Ellie Covan (Executive Director, Dixon Place).

Salley May was selected by John Fleck and Nicky Paraiso (Programming Director, The Club at La Mama).

Brigham Mosley was selected by Tim Miller and Mark Russell (Artistic Director, Under the Radar Festival).

Tobaron Waxman was selected by Karen Finley and Jedediah Wheeler (Artistic Director, Peak Performances).

May 3 – Performance Beyond the Limits: Short Works

May 4 – Performing Beyond Funding Limits: Final Presentations

NEA 4 in Residence + Performing Beyond Funding Limits” is curated by Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance and Manager of Public Programs at the New Museum.


This program is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Fund.

The accompanying exhibition publication is made possible by the J. McSweeney and G. Mills Publications Fund at the New Museum.

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