Moneymaker: An Endurance Performance by Holly Bass
Saturday, February 11, 2012
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Seventeenth Street entrance to the Corcoran Gallery of Art
In celebration of 30 Americans, the artist Holly Bass will give a seven-hour performance on the second to last day of the exhibition.
Wearing a pompadour hairstyle, a polyester jumpsuit, a satin cummerbund embellished with rhinestones spelling out $€X, and “bootyballs”—an oversized sculptural derriere—Bass will dance on a “performance bridge” designed by architect Kashuo Bennett for the doorway of the Corcoran. (Visitors will literally have to walk under Bass to enter the Gallery). The choreography is built from a structured improvisation guided by the playlist, which ranges from hip-hop tracks and classic James Brown recordings to speeches by Malcolm X and clips from a BBC radio documentary on Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman, a southern African woman who was displayed in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus.
If you cannot make it to the Corcoran, then be sure to watch the livestream!
About Holly Bass
Holly Bass is a writer, performer, and director. Her work has been presented at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Experience Music Project. For three years, she was the Cullen Poet-in-Residence for Busboys & Poets, where she coordinates open mic nights and writing workshops for the public. She is a Cave Canem poetry fellow, and her writing has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. In 2011, she was named one of the “Top 30 Black Performance Poets” by The Root.