Coco Fusco: “Observations of Predation in Humans”


Brian Boucher writes (in Art in America) about the many interesting events going on in New York City this week. He says, “Between a lecture by an ape, a video that doubles as a performance, and a ballet by a Turner Prize winner, a trio of events in New York on Thursday may have art lovers stressed about which event to attend.” The three are artist Coco Fusco’s lecture “Observations of Predation in Humans,” composer and musician Charlemagne Palestine’s presentation of his new book “Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting,” and artist Martin Creed’s minimalist ballet, “Work No. 1020.”

Here, we’ll focus on the first one, by Cuban-American artist and educator Coco Fusco. Her “Observations of Predation in Humans” will take place at the Studio Museum in Harlem, on Thursday, December 12, at 8:00pm, and Friday, December 13 at 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

Description: Artist Coco Fusco delivers a lecture in character as Dr. Zira, the ape who was friendly to Charlton Heston’s Taylor in the Planet of the Apes films. Dr. Zira, via time travel, has returned to the 20th century, and “resumes her life as a public intellectual,” according to the press release, “after more than twenty years of seclusion in remote circuses and primate study labs.” A team of makeup artists, sound technicians and wardrobe artists has been enlisted to create a cinematic lecture experience. The performance is part of the exhibition “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” (through March 9).

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