Frances Stark: I’ve Had It, And A Half

A Performa 11 Commission

Language, and its poetry and rhythm, are central to Frances Stark‘s engagement with the world. Borrowing words and phrases from novels, poems, and pop songs, she turns them into visual materials that evoke the process of writing. Stark’s Performa commission takes viewers on a semi-autobiographical stroll through the creative chaos of the artist’s life, working closely with a dancer and DJ from New York’s dance hall “daggering” scene. Written with close attention to the structures and sounds of language, Stark’s confessional performances are intimate and inclusive, presenting the facts of her life as a story that rises, falls, and diminishes like the chapters of a book. Lead curator: Mark Beasley.

Supported by the Performa Visionaries, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Dedalus Foundation.