Art In America

Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance,

at Whitney Museum of American Art,
745 Madison Ave.

In a performance by Squat Theater, an Andy Warhol impersonator interviews a zaftig naked woman: "How did you become a witch? Do you believe in God?" Laurie Anderson plays violin on the streets of New York with her feet frozen in blocks of ice; when the ice melts, the performance ends. Theodora Skipitares wraps her head in aluminum foil as a voiceover counsels listeners on how to deal with the holiday blues. Michael Smith, in character as "Baby Ikki," wears a diaper and baby's bonnet and disrupts New York traffic. These are just some of the pleasures of a show that plumbs a decade when artistic ferment combined with urban decline to foster a lively downtown performance art scene. Budget some time for this exhibition, which includes extensive video and photo documentation.

 

More from the Lookout

Pablo Jansana, Evan Nesbit and Letha Wilson

at Eleven Rivington,
through Aug. 8
195 Chrystie St.

“Farm To Table”

at Foxy Production,
through Aug. 8
623 W. 27th St.

“Displayed”

at Anton Kern Gallery,
through Aug. 22
532 W. 20th St.

“A Machinery For Living”

at Petzel,
through Aug. 8
456 W. 18th St.

“The Crystal Palace”

at Rachel Uffner,
through Aug. 16
170 Suffolk Street

“Bloodflames Revisited”

at Paul Kasmin,
through Aug. 15
293 Tenth Ave. and 515 West 27th St.

“The Fifth Season”

at James Cohan Gallery,
through Aug. 8
533 W. 26th St.

“Here and Elsewhere”

at New Museum,
through Sept. 28
235 Bowery

Zhang Dali

at Klein Sun Gallery,
through Aug. 30
525 W. 22nd St.

Living with Pop

at Artists Space,
through Aug. 7
38 Greene St.

Mineral Spirit

at Laurel Gitlen,
through Aug. 8
122 Norfolk St.

Closing

Galerie Neu

at Gladstone Gallery,
through Aug. 1
515 W 24th St.

Scott Benzel

at Maccarone,
through Aug. 8
630 Greenwich St.

Jerry Kearns

at Mike Weiss Gallery,
through Aug. 23
520 W. 24th St.

Closing

Ryan Lauderdale / Jessica Sanders

at Kansas,
through Aug. 2
59 Franklin St.

Closing

Oliver Payne and Nick Relph

at Gavin Brown's Enterprise,
through Aug. 1
620 Greenwich St.

Joan Mitchell

at Cheim & Read,
through Aug. 29
547 W 25th St

Mel Bochner

at Jewish Museum,
through Sept. 7
1109 Fifth Ave.

“All the Best Artists Are My Friends”

at Mana Exposition,
through Aug. 10
888 Newark Ave., Jersey City

Danh Vo

at Public Art Fund,
through Dec. 5
Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall Park

“Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink”

at Museum of Chinese in America,
through Sept. 14
215 Centre St.

Christoph Schlingensief

at MoMA PS1,
through Aug. 31
22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.