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 (opens in a new window) 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.

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Song Dong, Smashing the Limit of the Mirror, 2003 © Song Dong

Song Dong: Smashing the Limit of the Mirror

November 2 – 9, 2019

Since the 1990s, Beijing-based artist Song Dong has made performance works and multimedia installations that address notions of memory, impermanence, consumerism, and the urban environment. On the occasion of the artist’s first solo exhibition at Pace in London, we will inaugurate Pace Live with a week-long installation of his seminal Smashing the Limit of the Mirror (2003). Filmed on the banks of the Bosporus in Istanbul, the work sees the artist take a hammer to his own reflection as well as to the perceptual geographic line between East and West. A performance to and for the camera, this iconic work—first screened as part of the 2003 Istanbul Biennial—continues Song Dong’s engagement with the mirror as a real-time device for video editing and image fracture.

Yto Barrada's Cinémathèque de Tanger

Nov 15 – Nov 16, 2019

Recognized for multidisciplinary work that initiates cross-cultural dialogue and probes colonial histories, Yto Barrada will present 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.

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

Torkwase Dyson

I Can Drink the Distance: Plantationocene in 2 Acts

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.

Act I: Way Over There Inside Me

Tuesday, Nov 19, 6 PM
Featuring Autumn Knight, Christina Sharpe, Dionne Brand, and Dark Adaptive
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Act II: I See You Across That Water

Friday, Nov 22, 8 PM
Featuring Deja Smith, Arthur Jafa, and Gaika
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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.

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  • Pace Live — Introducing Pace Live, Sep 17, 2019