Torkwase Dyson, Dusk, Performance Dark Adaptive (Zachary Fabri), 2019 © Torkwase Dyson


Pace Live

A new multi-disciplinary platform for music, dance, film, performance, and conversation.

Sep 17, 2019

We're thrilled to announce our inaugural program for Pace Live—a new  multidisciplinary initiative encompassing music, dance, film, performance, and conversation, programmed specifically for Pace’s new global headquarters on 540 West 25th Street. The inaugural season was curated by Andria Hickey, Senior Director and Curator at Pace, in collaboration with Mark Beasley, who recently joined the gallery from the Hirshhorn Museum to spearhead Pace Live going forward. It will feature: a week-long screening of video works and films that document leading conceptual artist Song Dong’s ongoing performance work; Cinémathèque de Tanger, a film club night curated by multidisciplinary artist Yto Barrada, who founded the eponymous independent cinema in Tangier, Morocco; an installation and performance by Torkwase Dyson that explores the relationship between infrastructure, geography, and architecture, presented in collaboration with the Performa 19 Biennial; and a musical performance produced by pioneering French composer Éliane Radigue, co-presented with Blank Forms.

“The idea for Pace Live is like everything at Pace, a response to the way we see artists working today. In developing this program, we wanted to provide a space for artists to experiment, collaborate in unexpected ways, and work across different media. We wanted to create a space where the public could learn what artists are thinking about and why. Pace Live will feature established and emerging voices, boundary-breaking artists, and seek to cultivate the fundamental histories and new directions in dance, film, sound, music, and other developing forms.”—Andria Hickey, Senior Director and Curator.

“Pace Live continues the gallery’s broader mission to keep step with the concerns of artists combining painting and sculpture, from theater through dance to music and literature. Performance art has long been a testing ground for the exploration of new form, and as such Pace Live is an adaptive and uniquely positioned program drawing upon pop culture and the history of the avant-garde in order to support artists in realizing those works of art that the future demands. In an age of mediated engagement and a world experienced via the cell-phone and computer-screen, Pace Live addresses the increasing desire of the audience for first-hand experience and unique encounters.”—Mark Beasley, Curatorial Director, Pace Live.

Beginning in November 2019, Pace Live—occupying a 150-seat multi-use space on the gallery’s 7th floor—will give artists, scholars, and other critical forces in the field the opportunity and flexibility to experiment across a range of disciplines and connect with the public in new ways. Additional information on the inaugural season of Pace Live follows below. Further information on scheduling to be shared in the coming weeks.


Song Dong, Broken Mirror, 1999, single channel video DVD and original DV tape, total running time: 3 minutes, 54 seconds, Edition of 12 © Song Dong

The Films of Song Dong

November 2 – 9, 2019

Since the 1990s, Beijing-based artist Song Dong has been experimenting with performance-based works and multimedia installations that address notions of memory, impermanence, waste, consumerism, and the urban environment in Chinese culture. His performances and videos explore the duality of the poetic and the political, the personal and the global, to question the nature of reality in the face of China’s rapid modernization.

On the occasion of the artist’s solo exhibition at Pace’s gallery in London this fall, Pace Live will present a week-long screening of video works and films that document his ongoing performance practice from the 1990s to the present. Among the works featured in the presentation are Broken Mirror (2005)—a film comprised of opposing images that together expose the struggle of Beijing culture to maintain its traditions despite the inevitable forces of urbanization—and Touching My Father (1998), a video in which Song projects an image of his own hand onto his father’s body, alluding to traditional relationships between fathers and sons and offering a metaphorical bridge across the generation gaps that have marked China’s recent development.

Yto Barrada's Cinémathèque de Tanger

Friday, November 15, 2019
6 PM

Recognized for multidisciplinary work that initiates cross-cultural dialogue and probes colonial histories, Yto Barrada will present an evening of films culled from the archives of Cinémathèque de Tanger, an independent cinema that the artist founded in the Moroccan city. In 2007, together with a group of other artists, Barrada founded the Cinémathèque with a mission of promoting both world cinema in Morocco and Moroccan cinema around the world.

North Africa’s first cultural center devoted to cinema, the Cinémathèque is housed in the historic art deco Cinema Rif, located atop Tangier’s Grand Socco plaza. As a center for film conservation and circulation, the Cinémathèque is committed to the preservation of film heritage and production through the collection of feature films, documentaries, and experimental works. As both a thriving center for local culture and a place to discover international films, new and classic—as well as to celebrate the remarkable history of filmmaking in the region—the Cinémathèque engages with the collective memory and material history of Tangier. It offers a vibrant program of events for locals, travelers, artists, movie-goers, and curious minds alike.


The artist Torkwase Dyson with installation Nautical Dusk, 2018. Photo by Gabe Souza courtesy of the Colby Museum of Art and Lunder Institute.

Pace and the Performa biennial present: 

Torkwase Dyson: I Can Drink the Distance: Plantationocene in 2 Acts

Featuring collaborative contributions by Dark Adaptive, among others.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019‬
Friday, November 22, 2019‬
Full schedule to be announced. 

Presented in collaboration with the Performa Biennial – a New York city - wide festival of performance art during the month of November, Pace Live will present a new multimedia performative installation by Torkwase Dyson (b. 1973, Chicago). Grounded in painting and sculpture, Dyson’s work considers the relationship between race and geography and engages with geometric abstraction to explore an alternative means to represent historical and environmental triumphs and trauma.

Incorporating minimalist sculptural forms with acts of sound, movement, and literature, Dyson’s new work explores the practice of black movement as it relates to environmental liberation. Drawing on the artist’s theory of “black compositional thought ”, the project brings together contemporary thought leaders from a variety of disciplines to express spatial and architectural imagination in the time of the  “Plantationocene.” With diverse contributions that intersect with the artists’ architecture and direction, the project becomes a platform from which to navigate how paths, throughways, waterways, memories, architecture, objects and geographies are composed by black bodies and how properties of energy, space, scale, distance and sound interact as networks of liberation.

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© Eleonore Huisse

Éliane Radigue: Occam Ocean

A co-presentation by Pace Live and Blank Forms
Performed by Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Charles Curtis, Rhodri Davies, and Robin Hayward

Friday, December 13, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
7 PM

In collaboration with Blank Forms, Pace Live will present a series of solo and ensemble pieces by pioneering French composer Éliane Radigue (b. 1932, Paris). Radigue is known for undulating, continuous music marked by patient, virtually imperceptible transformations that unfold to reveal the intangible, radiant contents of minimal sound—its partials, harmonics, subharmonics, and inherent distortions. Although celebrated for her electronic works, in 2004 Radigue permanently abandoned her ARP 2500 synthesizer for acoustic composition.

Occam Ocean is an ongoing series of solo and ensemble pieces, which Radigue composed for individual instrumentalists. In these, a performer’s personal technique and particular relationship to their instrument function as the compositional material of the piece. The “Knights of the Occam,” as Radigue refers to the performers participating in the project, are musicians who have developed individualistic, creative approaches to their instruments; the resulting compositions are specific to those performers, rather than to their instruments. Citing the ocean as a calming antidote to the overwhelming nature of our vibratory wave-filled surroundings, Radigue has titled the tributary components of her Occam series with the image of fluid water in mind. For their performance at Pace Gallery, musicians Charles Curtis, Rhodri Davies, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, and Robin Hawyard will perform various combinations of solo pieces (Occams), duo pieces (Rivers), and larger ensemble pieces (Deltas), in varying configurations during each night of the program.

Occam Ocean is part of a year-long Éliane Radigue retrospective curated by Lawrence Kumpf and Charles Curtis and developed in collaboration with Éliane Radigue for Blank Forms, a non-profit organization in New York dedicated to supporting emerging and underrepresented artists working in a range of time-based and interdisciplinary art practices.

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