This Friday evening, October 2nd: Julia Santoli to perform as part of The Sphinx Returns at Grace Exhibition Space

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VCS alumna Julia Santoli just sent us the following information about an event that she’s going to be participating in this Friday evening:

I have a performance coming up 9pm this Friday Oct. 2. The night is part of The Sphinx Returns @ Grace Exhibition Space, curated by Whitney V. Hunter, and will feature performances by six U.S. artists, as well as a video installation.

I’m really excited for this, as I will be presenting something that heavily grew out of my work in Luca Buvoli’s sculpture/video class at SVA– that has now grown into a full 25 min., much evolved, piece. It is a performative elegy to disappearance: for body, breaking mirrors, voice, feedback, field recording, and a makeshift dan bau instrument engineered by SVA MFA Fine Arts (’15) alumn Kathy Halfin.

Here’s a description of The Sphinx Returns from the gallery’s press release [PDF]:

Season image: Preach R Sun (via the Grace Exhibition Space website)

The Sphinx Returns is a curated season of performance art and contemporary performance. The season investigates the artist as myth maker and performance art and contemporary performance as the mythologies of our time, setting the course for a history of the future.

The Sphinx Returns is a return to questioning, mythology, and new ideas, asking how do we encourage and gain new ways of seeing and understanding. The inclusion of short form actions, endurance, durational, performance for video, installations and sound work will offer insight into artistic practice as a means towards a new mythology.

Allowing mystery to pervade the space of the now instigates active and real-time relationships between the artist and the public. The Sphinx Returns is the moment when the experience of being alive reveals itself through the act of being present.

Curator’s Statement:

“My mission is to encourage dialogue between national and international artists and the public by presenting a range of diverse and thought provoking work that reflects the community at large, both those familiar and unfamiliar with performance art and contemporary performance.”


You can learn more about this Friday’s event on the Grace Exhibition Space website, and download a PDF of the season schedule for The Sphinx Returns at this link. The Sphinx Returns was also featured in “Back to the Future,” an overview of upcoming performance events by Claudia La Rocco published last month in Artforum.

Visual & Critical Studies