Alexandra Tatarsky will be performing QUAR HOVEL on Instagram Live — tune into our Instagram to watch.

QUAR HOVEL is an erratic and sporadic half-hour TV show starring artist Alexandra Tatarsky. Live-streamed from her bedroom, each episode features Tatarsky mediating on societal disorder through stream of consciousness experiments with song, dance, and costume.

This special edition of QUAR HOVEL takes place on what would have been the New York premiere of Tatarsky’s show, [SIGN FELT] Sad Boys in Harpy Land (which has been rescheduled to premiere at Abrons in our Spring 2021 season). About a boy who wants to be a performance artist, yet is trapped in the hellscape of his mind drinking too much coffee and wine alone in his bedroom, QUAR HOVEL continues the research of Sad Boys in Harpy Land. One could say it’s almost disturbing how closely life has a way of imitating art.


Called “a hilarious, finely tuned absurdist” (TheatreJones) and “an East Village relic” (Vogue), Alexandra Tatarsky makes performances at the unfortunate in-between zone of dance, theater, comedy, and deluded rant — often with songs. Venues include Brooklyn Museum; CPR; La Mama; MoMA PS1; New Museum; PSNY; The Kitchen; Howl!; Gibney; and Judson Church. Writings on spambot poetry, shanzhailyrics, and grotesque politics can be found in publications including The New Inquiry; Hypocrite Reader; ArtReview Asia; Garlands; Spike;and Folder. Her work seeks the logic of the clown as an antidote to despair and a model of one who keeps trying despite (repeated) failure. @tartar.biz