Continuing its tradition of examining the history of visual artists making performance, Performa has chosen to look back to one of the earliest known examples of performance in art history, the Renaissance, starting with Leonardo da Vinci's La Festa del Paradiso (Feast of Paradise) , an elaborate performance conceived to celebrate the marriage of Isabella of Aragon and Gian Galeazzo Sforza, the nephew of da Vinci's most important patron, Ludovico Sforza. The event will herald the Renaissance as the historical anchor for the 2015 Performa Biennial, paying homage to a vibrant period of cultural experimentation, innovation, and advancement, and showing its ongoing relevance to contemporary art.
Known for her experiential installations, artist Jennifer Rubell has been invited to present her third Performa commission since 2009. For the occasion of Performa's 10th anniversary, Rubell will produce a spectacular and fully immersive food performance. More than 300 luminaries from the art, fashion, and creative industries will enjoy a feast and partake in a series of ritualistic actions and symbolic tributes to the evening's honorees. The gala will take place as part of Performa 10 Years , a dual anniversary of the organization's founding in 2004 and the first edition of the acclaimed Performa Biennial in 2005.
'PARADISO: A Tribute to the Renaissance' takes place on Tuesday 4 November at 6pm at Weylin B. Seymour's, formerly Williamsburgh Savings Bank 175 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA.