Stage Presence shines a spotlight on theatricality in the art of the last 30 years, presenting works in various media that defy the traditional divide between the visual and the performing arts. The notion of performance appears here in a range of guises, from the camp spectacle and subversive humor of 1980s works by General Idea and Charles Atlas, to the formal tableaux of James Coleman's slide projection and Craigie Horsfield's masterful tapestry. Rehearsals and reenactments are examined by Carey Young, Gerard Byrne, and Sharon Hayes, among others. Guy Ben-Ner appropriates IKEA showrooms for guerilla family comedies, while Janet Cardiff's participatory video tour turns SFMOMA itself into a kind of theater. A newly commissioned in-gallery cinema and performance space created by artist Tucker Nichols expands the survey with live events by a variety of artists, including D-L Alvarez and Kevin Killian, Cliff Hengst, Anne McGuire, Shana Moulton and Nick Hallett, My Barbarian, Rashaad Newsome, Margaret Tedesco, and Richard T. Walker and daily screenings by artists such as Keren Cytter, Christian Jankowski, George Kuchar, Rosemarie Trockel, and Robert Wilson.
Cliff Hengst: Maybe
Hengst is a San Francisco-based painter and performance artist. Here he presents a series of new and revisited solo works, including Stink Bomb, I Am a Tree, and Elvis. Hengst's pieces employ both wry and broad humor, zinging the audience with one-liners and also catching them in a warm embrace. Performed August 9, 11, and 12, 2012 at SFMOMA as part of Stage Presence.