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Whitney Houston Biennial

The Whitney Museum of American Art
February 2010

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Photo by Kevin Tachman

Photo by Kevin Tachman

  The Whitney offered me rehearsal time in the galleries during regular museum hours to prepare for my evening performance. Five dancers and I performed “rehearsal,” with me playing the enraged choreographer, screaming at the dancers and disturbing the impromptu audience.     Later that night, five Whitney docents acted as low-tech karaoke leaders using lyrics written on posterboard. As the docents held up signs with five different Whitney Houston titles on them, the audience gathered around their favorite song title. A docent assistant captured the group’s rendition of the song on a walkie-talkie. Each of the five walkie-talkies had a sister walkie-talkie on each of the Whitney’s five floors. When the song is broadcast, one of the dancers from earlier broke into a solo dance in the middle of the galleries, performing for a new unsuspecting audience.

The Whitney offered me rehearsal time in the galleries during regular museum hours to prepare for my evening performance. Five dancers and I performed “rehearsal,” with me playing the enraged choreographer, screaming at the dancers and disturbing the impromptu audience. 

Later that night, five Whitney docents acted as low-tech karaoke leaders using lyrics written on posterboard. As the docents held up signs with five different Whitney Houston titles on them, the audience gathered around their favorite song title. A docent assistant captured the group’s rendition of the song on a walkie-talkie. Each of the five walkie-talkies had a sister walkie-talkie on each of the Whitney’s five floors. When the song is broadcast, one of the dancers from earlier broke into a solo dance in the middle of the galleries, performing for a new unsuspecting audience.

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Whitney Houston Biennial