The first ADULT CONTEMPORARY of 2017 has arrived! With readings by Julia Bryan Wilson, Tania Bruguera, Charity Coleman, & Will Rawls. This event is presented by NYPAC and organized in conjunction with “The Critical Matter of Performance,” a New Museum Colloquium February 16-18.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY is a mobile reading and performance series founded in 2013. We ask artists, academics, performers, and writers to "read" in whatever way they see fit; to play off each other; to self-determine; to use the platform to experiment in form; to give us words, movements, sounds or textures. Adult Contemporary is a salon-style site of experimentation, genre collapse and extra-ordinary conversation. Our events are always free and open to the public. ADULT CONTEMPORARY is curated by Svetlana Kitto and Katherine Brewer Ball. More information on the colloquium can be found here: http://www.newmuseum.org/calendar/view/1146/new-museum-colloquium-the-critical-matter-of-performance-2

Julia Bryan-Wilson is associate professor of modern and contemporary art at UC Berkeley. Her writing, which has appeared in Afterall, Aperture, Artforum, Art Journal, Bookforum, October, Oxford Art Journal, Parkett, among many other venues, centers on feminist and queer theory, artistic labor, performance, and craft histories. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (2009), Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (2016), and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (forthcoming 2017). With Andrea Andersson, she is the co-curator of Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which opens at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in March 2017. She is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Tania Bruguera is an installation and performance artist whose works often expose the social effects of the power of political force.
She participated in the Documenta 11 exhibition and also established the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Her work has been shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale, at Tate Modern, London, Guggenheim and MoMA, New York, among others. Bruguera has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana - a school, exhibition space and think thank for activist artists and Cubans. Born 1968 in Havana, Cuba. She lives and works in Havana, New York and Cambridge.

Charity Coleman is the author of Julyiary (O'clock Press, 2015), and Tinctures (a forthcoming collection of prose and poetry). A 2014 NYFA Poetry Fellow, she has performed and read her work at BAM, Knockdown Center, Dixon Place, The Poetry Project, BHQFU, and numerous other venues. Her criticism, poetry, and prose has appeared in BOMB magazine, Prelude, Dolce Stil Criollo, Joans Digest, Fanzine, Entropy, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.

Will Rawls is a writer, choreographer and performer. By placing the body into resonant encounters with other media and with architecture, Rawls cultivates the experiential nature and expanded potential of what choreography can be. He is currently in collaboration with writers Claudia Rankine and Homi K. Bhabha, and filmmaker John Lucas on What Remains, a performance premiering in April 2017 at Bard College. He is recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant 2015, the Casinos Austria 2016 Prix Jardin d’Europe, and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency 2017. His writing has been published by Art Forum, Triple Canopy, les presses du réel, The Museum of Modern Art and Danspace Project. https://willrawls.com/