Marianne Vitale’s “The Missing Book of Spurs,” her commission for Performa 13, features half-naked women in corsets, a man in assless chaps, and “natives” in outfits inspired by traditional Native American clothing; it features blocks of wood, a wooden sculpture that looks like a torpedo, and a large, old-fashioned wooden bar; it features loud music, a smoke machine, and erotic dancing. It is a big spectacle. Unfortunately, I’m not sure it’s anything else.
In part 1 of this month, reviews of Iceage, Parquet Courts, Sleigh Bells, and Mikal Cronin.
Alexandre Singh’s The Humans—a play inspired by the comedies of my favorite Greek poet, Aristophanes—had sold out before I got around to buying tickets. I knew what I had to do: swallow $2.50 in quarters for raft fare across the Styx, and strangle myself.
SUMMIT, NJ — Extended technique is a term normally applied to musical performance, but Migratory Marks, a show of seven wall works by seven artists, offers a thoughtful accounting of where extended techniques have pushed the boundary of what can be called a drawing, if there is in fact such a boundary at all.