Performance Works: 1977-1985

A co-production with The Brooklyn Museum, “Performance Works 1977-1985” coincided with Robert Longo’s installation “Temple of Love” in The Brooklyn Museum’s lobby. At The Kitchen, Longo presented two re-staged performances, Sound Distance of a Good Man (1977) and Surrender (1979), as well as one new work entitled Empire: A Performance Trilogy (1981-82). Performers included Peggy Atkinson and Eric Barsness, with music by Joe Hannan. The three pieces dealt with themes that Longo is known for in his sculpture work, including mass media and spectacle. Incorporating music and film, the performances constructed scenes that invoked popular culture in order to produce moments in which the viewer reflects upon their relationship to seductive imagery.

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