Prurience by Christopher Green (image courtesy the artist)

There have lately been plenty of critical takes on porn and its mostly negative impact on youth, so it came somewhat as a surprise to read Christopher Green’s lighthearted description of his upcoming performance as “entertainment about pornography.” Rather than talk about the repercussions and perceptions of porn in a serious and urgent tone (as is often the case in the media), Green takes a more playful approach. For his performance, cheekily titled Prurience: Experiential Entertainment About Our Private Pleasures, he invites his audience to take part in a fictional self-help group and “consider if society is in the grip of an actual addiction or a moral panic.” And while he is known to make his audience laugh, Green offers real insights as well; he interviewed neuroscientists, sociologists, addiction experts, and therapists for this project.

After a successful run at the Southbank Centre in London, Prurience is coming to the US for the first time at the Guggenheim Museum. Launching tonight and running through March 31, the performance, co-directed by Green and Holly Race Roughan, is part of the museum’s Works & Process series, which is now in its 33rd year. The occasion will be a unique opportunity to observe a talented writer and dynamic performer who is also trained as a hypnotherapist and has multiple alter-egos, including “rapping pensioner Ida Barr” and cultural critic Jedd O’Sullivan.

When: Tuesday, March 20–Saturday, March 31, 8–9:15pm
Where: Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

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Prurience by Christopher Green, co-director Holly Race Roughan (photo by Robert Altman, courtesy the artist)

More info at the Guggenheim

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One reply on “A Playful and Prurient Performance About Pornography”

  1. Compulsive porn watching is harmful but can be overcome. The book Power Over Pornography is one of the best resources for those wanting to stop a pornography viewing habit. it is different than most programs, relying upon cognitive behavior methods instead of 12 steps. I recommend it

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