Benjamin Patterson's "A Penny for Your Thoughts"

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Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 2:45pm to 3:15pm

Benjamin Patterson's "A Penny for Your Thoughts"

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Benjamin Patterson’s new work A Penny for Your Thoughts promotes an exchange between artist and viewer in which the artist offers participants hats constructed from newspapers in exchange for an idea, imbuing the performance with humor.

Patterson is a canonical figure in the genesis and history of black performance art. He is best known as a founding member of Fluxus, an avant-garde and experimental group born out of the innovation and creative expression of the early 1960s.

A Penny for Your Thoughts is a part of Three Duets, Seven Variations, a special series for the Performa 13 biennial, pairing six inter-generational artists for seven programs. This program is organized by Adrienne Edwards, Performa, and Thomas J. Lax, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

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SUPPORTHigh Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from David Zwirner Gallery, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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