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Masthead_Performa131969_569kb "Akademia Ruchu, The Market of Toys" part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls; presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with Performa 13 and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. November 8 - 9, 2013. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.


"The Market of Toys", Akademia Ruchu
Performa 13
November 8-9, 2013; 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets

Times Square Arts, in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York and Performa 13, presents a three-part exhibition by the seminal Polish artistic collective Akademia Ruchu in Times Square on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, 2013. The exhibition includes live performance, video, and printed material, the first time an exhibition featuring all three elements is presented in the Crossroads of the World. The exhibition is on view from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. both days, located at Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets.

The performance series, entitled The Market of Toys, was created specifically for Times Square. It is composed of four distinctive minimalistic single-element actions representative of Akademia Ruchu's 40 years of experience of working in the public realm. These austere, participatory interventions simultaneously contrast and emphasize the vibrant character of Times Square and its dense multitude of visitors. The performances are complemented by video chronicling some of the collective’s seminal performances. These 30 second videos play every 5 minutes on 10 CEMUSA newspaper kiosks located between 34th and 48th Streets. A printed exhibition in the form of a newspaper that documents Academia Ruchu's deep history of socially and politically driven public performances is also handed out to visitors.

Akademia Ruchu (The Academy of Movement) has been a political sounding board in Poland since its establishment in 1973 in Warsaw.  Operating at the juncture of theater, performance, film, and fine art, the collective has presented over 600 happenings, theater performances, political actions, and anonymous interventions in the public realm which included spectators as part of the work.


 "Akademia Ruchu, The Market of Toys" part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls; presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with Performa 13 and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. November 8 - 9, 2013.Video by Sara Kinney for @TSqArts.

 

akademia ruchu performa13 observer"Akademia Ruchu, The Market of Toys" part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls; presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with Performa 13 and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. November 8 - 9, 2013. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

 

akademia ruchu performa13 dancing"Akademia Ruchu, The Market of Toys" part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls; presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with Performa 13 and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. November 8 - 9, 2013. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

akademia ruchu performa13 measuring"Akademia Ruchu, The Market of Toys" part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls; presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with Performa 13 and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. November 8 - 9, 2013. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.
 

akademia ruchu performa13 newspaper"Akademia Ruchu, The Market of Toys" part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls; presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with Performa 13 and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. November 8 - 9, 2013. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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ABOUT AKADEMIA RUCHU
Founded and directed by Wojciech Krukowski, the collective's artistic director, the group consists of artist members Janusz Baldyga, Jolanta Krukowska, Cezary Marczak, Jan Pieniazek, Zbigniew Olkiewicz, Jaroslaw Zwirblis, and Krzysztof Zwirblis. Known as the "theater of behavior," Akademia Ruchu has been a political sounding board in Poland since its establishment in 1973 in Warsaw. Akademia Ruchu has presented its works at theatre festivals and on tour in almost all countries of Europe, the Americas and in Japan, at prominent institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, dOCUMENTA 8 in Kassel, NRL Live Art in Glasgow, MoMA PS1 in New York, Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Museum of Modern Art in Yokohama, and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. www.akademiaruchu.com


ABOUT PERFORMA
Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

ABOUT PERFORMA 13
Performa 13 is the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. For three weeks, November 1 – 24, 2013, Performa and a consortium of innovative organizations will band together to transform New York City into an international platform for celebrating live art. More information at performa-arts.org

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ABOUT POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE NEW YORK
Polish Cultural Institute New York is a diplomatic mission to the USA serving under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. The Institute's mission is to build, nurture and promote cultural ties between the United States and Poland by presenting Polish culture to American audiences and by connecting Polish artists and scholars to American institutions, introducing them to their professional counterparts in the United States, and facilitating their participation in contemporary American culture. The Institute has been producing and promoting a broad range of cultural events in theater, music, film, literature, the humanities, and visual arts. Among its American partners are such distinguished organizations as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Brooklyn Academy of Music; The Museum of Modern Art; LACMA, The Jewish Museum; The Metropolitan Opera, The PEN American Center; The Poetry Society of America; National Gallery of Art; Yale University; Columbia University; Princeton University; Harvard Film Archive; CUNY Graduate Center; Julliard School of Music; The New Museum; La MaMa E.T.C.; and many more. For more information, please visit: http://polishculture-nyc.org

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