Category Archives: PERFORMANCE


“Sylvia’s best friends are her boyfriends. They’re always handsome, young, and unemployed. They follow her. Sylvia doesn’t follow anybody.

“The most famous thing Sylvia ever did was throw a plate of spaghetti, brie cheese, and salad on John Simon’s head. She was furious at him for calling her ‘a party girl and gate crasher’ in one of his reviews. She said, ‘Take that! Now you can call me a plate crasher too!’

“Sylvia never crashes parties, but she is a party girl. During the 1977 Democratic primary in New York a reporter asked Sylvia how she could go to a Bella Abzug fundraiser one night and a Mario Cuomo fundraiser the next. Sylvia replied, ‘I’m not for any candidate. I’m for the party.’

“Sylvia goes to at least three parties a night. One for cocktails, one for dinner, and one for dessert. One night she arrived at her dessert party and a big black waiter asked her if she’d like a cup of coffee. Sylvia said yes and the waiter asked, ‘How do you take your coffee, Miss Miles?’

” ‘I like my coffee the way I like my men,’ said Sylvia, eyeing the waiter up and down.

” ‘I’m sorry, Miss Miles,’ the waiter said, ‘But we don’t have any gay coffee.’ ” — Andy Warhol*

Sylvia Miles, who died on June 12, costarred with Joe Dallesandro in Andy Warhol’s Heat, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress twice: for seven minutes of work in Midnight Cowboy (1969), and five minutes of work in Farewell, My Lovely (1975).

*Andy Warhol’s Exposures, edited by Bob Colacello (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1979), 176.

From top: Sylvia Miles and Joe Dallesandro, publicity still for Andy Warhol’s Heat; Miles and Tennessee Williams; Vieux Carré poster for London production; Miles and Dallesandro on set, Heat; Warhol (left), Miles, Geneviève Waïte, and Bob Colacello, 1974, photograph by William E. Sauro; Miles and Dallesandro in Heat.


In conjunction with the GUILLERMO KUITCA exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in L.A.’s Arts District, Tim Robbins‘ troupe The Actors’ Gang will perform a staged reading of Jean-Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT, directed by Brian Finney.

Participating Actors’ Gang members include Pierre Adeli, Hannah Chodos, Cihan Sahin, and Paulette Zubata.


Thursday, June 13, at 8 pm.

Hauser & Wirth

901 East 3rd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Guillermo Kuitca, from top: The Family Idiot, 2018, oil on canvas in artist frame, triptych; The Family Idiot, 2019, oil on canvas in artist frame; Untitled (Teatro Real), 2013–2015, oil on canvas; The Family Idiot, 2018, oil on canvas in artist frame, and The Family Idiot (Sleeper in the Mirror), 2019, both photographed by Gonzalo Maggi. Images courtesy and © the artist and Hauser & Wirth.


The Simone Forti exhibition at Kunsthalle Baselland will include performances of her works HUDDLE, SLANT BOARD, and PLATFORMS.

The performances are coordinated by Sarah Swenson, and will be performed by Peter Burleigh, Nilo Dawn, Paula Alonso Gómez, Alina Immoos, Sophie Jung, Emi Miyoshi, Timo Paris, Toschkin Schalnich, and Steven Schoch.


Through July 7.

Wednesday, June 12, at noon.
Saturday, June 15, at 10 am
Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30 pm

Kunsthalle Baselland

St. Jakob-Strasse 170, Basel.

From top: Simone Forti, Zuma News, 2014, filmed by Jason Underhill; Simone Forti, A Free Consultation, 2016, Evanston, Illinois, January 30, 2016, filmed by Jason Underhill; Simone FortiKunsthaus Baselland installation view, 2019, photograph by Gina Folly; Simone Forti, Zuma News. Images courtesy and © the artist, The Box, Los Angeles, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.


In celebration of its ongoing exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963–1983, The Broad presents an evening of music, art, and conversation.

Quincy Jones has invited a number of musicians to perform—including Terrace MartinCory Henry, Arin RayEryn Allen Kane, and Alex Isley—and Endeavor’s Boz Saint John will preside as MC.

The evening will begin with an introduction by Jones, and the presentation of a special video showcasing Jones’ barrier-breaking, game-changing work in the music, film, and television industries, and his insistence that our histories and accomplishments never be forgotten.

During the event, attendees are welcome to visit the exhibition as well as the museum’s third floor galleries.



Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 pm to 11 pm.

The Broad

221 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Quincy Jones, photograph by Adam Hart; Eryn Allen Kane, photograph by Erica Hernandez; Cory Henry; Alex Isley, photograph by Richard Stevenson, Jr.; Arin Ray, and Terrace Martin, photographs by Samantha J.(2); Boz Saint John. Images courtesy and © the musicians, MC, and photographers.


This week, the Art Institute of Chicago presents the second chapter of Anne Imhof‘s performance piece SEX, with a score by Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel, and Amnesia Scanner‘s Ville Haimala.

In addition to Douglas and Bultheel, performers for this engagement include Jakob Eilinghoff, Sacha Eusebe, Josh Johnson, Enad Marouf, Stine Omar, Franziska Presche, Kizito Sango, and special guest Nomi Ruiz.

The installation exhibition of the work will remain up through the first week in July. Chapter three will be presented in 2020 at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin.

ANNE IMHOF—SEX chapter two performance

Thursday, May 30, from 3:30 pm to 7 pm.

Friday, May 31, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm.

Saturday, June 1, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm.

Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue, downtown Chicago.

From top: Anne ImhofSex rehearsal (3), photographs by Nadine Fraczkowski; performance view of the first chapter of Sex at Tate Modern, 2019 (2), photographs by Oliver Cowling; Billy Bultheel, Eliza Douglas, and Anne Imhof in the Tate Tanks space, photograph by Nicky J. Sims; Imhof. Images courtesy and © the artists, photographers, Galerie Buchholz, and the Tate.