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PERFORMA 2007: Cesare Pietroiusti

Four Italian artists - Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, and Cesare Pietroiusti - and New York-based artist Joan Jonas collaborated on this performance work. By combining semi-concrete, semi-absurdist methods with a wide variety of media, the artists created stories, a play, and a collective performance about sculptures and actual sculptors whose exposure has waned into oblivion.

This was part of Forgotten, Continuous, Influx: 30 hours at SculptureCenter.

Cesare Pietroiusti's artistic practice focuses on quizzical situations hidden within quotidian relationships and ordinary acts. His interest lies in the insignificant, the overlooked, the obsolete, and the misunderstood, which he transforms into memorable moments of social pose through committed interest and restrained series of gestures. In 2003, Pietroiusti participated in the 50th Venice Biennale with his work Riserva Artificiale, and an the course of 2005 alone, he made and distributed over 50,000 artworks for free, a practice he continues today in conjunction with his ongoing performance projects.

Sculpture Center's Sarina Basta interviewed Cesare Pietroiusti on November 13, 2007, in the AIR Clocktower studio.




Established in 2004 by curator and art historian RoseLee Goldberg, PERFORMA is a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. Throughout the year, PERFORMA presents lectures, panel discussions, and workshops on an ongoing basis that explore the relationship between performance and the visual arts. was the official radio partner of Performa09, Performa07 and Performa05. The third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial was held in New York City in November 2009, showcased new work by more than 150 artists, and was presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 80 arts institutions and 40 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city. is also home to recordings of Not for Sale, a dynamic series of symposia on visual arts performance presented by PERFORMA. These sessions are organized by RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director, and Defne Ayas, Curator, PERFORMA.