Blood Orgies: Hermann Nitsch in America
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Austrian Cultural Forum (11 East 52nd Street, NYC)
Slought Publications invites you to join us in celebration of the pioneering work of Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch at the Austrian Cultural Forum on Thursday, April 10, 2008 from 7:30-9:30pm. Please note that admission to the event and reception is free, however tickets are encouraged. For reservations, please call ACF's reservation line at 212 319 5300 ext. 222 or email email@example.com
Hermann Nitsch will briefly speak about the reception of his work in America, in relation to its intensity and immediacy, at 7:30pm in the auditorium; he will be introduced by editor Aaron Levy and contributors Jean-Michel Rabaté and Osvaldo Romberg of the Slought Foundation, as well as Andreas Stadler
of the Austrian Cultural Forum. A 14 minute screening of Hermann Nitsch’s "Das Orgien Mysterien Theater: Die Aktionen, 1962-2003" will immediately follow, as well as a public conversation with Hermann Nitsch and Aaron Levy. A wine reception and book celebration will conclude the evening, with the artist and contributors to the publication present.
Listen to remarks by Andreas Stadler, Aaron Levy, Osvaldo Romberg, and Jean-Michel Rabaté (25 min): format mp3 | format m4a
Listen to Hermann Nitsch in Conversation with Aaron Levy (35 min): format mp3 | format m4a
This program has been organized in collaboration with Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, and the release of "Blood Orgies: Hermann Nitsch in America," their new publication exploring the work of the legendary Viennese Actionist. The publication features critical essays on the relation of Nitsch's work to recent developments in performance art, art history, and cultural theory, alongside photo documentation and a video of his ritualistic performances since 1962.
The publication is edited and introduced by Aaron Levy and students in the RBSL Bergman Foundation Curatorial Seminar in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania; contributors to the volume include Adrian Daub, Lorand Hegyi, Susan Jarosi, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Michèle H. Richman, Osvaldo Romberg, and Dieter Ronte. The book will be distributed internationally by Microcinema International (415-447-9750 or www.microcinemadvd.com).
For more information:
Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
p: 212 319 5300 | f: 212 644 8660
Read the full curatorial essay
Hermann Nitsch (born 1938) is an Austrian performance artist and a forerunner of Wiener Aktionismus (Viennese Actionism, or Performance art). Nitsch is known for his ritualistic performance actions, often combining fake crucifixion with the disemboweling of lambs and other animals. In the late 50s Hermann Nitsch developed the concept of the "Orgien Mysterien Theater" (Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries) a total work of art appealing to all senses, celebratory and life-affirming. Drawing on religion, philosophy and psychology, he has composed numerous theoretical writings, compositions and scores to accompany over 100 realized action performances between the years of 1962 and 1998. In 1998, Nitsch staged his 100th performance (named the 6-Day Play after its length) which took place at Schloss Prinzendorf, his castle in Austria.
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Austrian Cultural Forum, et al. "Blood Orgies: Hermann Nitsch in America." Slought Foundation Online Content. [10 April 2008;
Accessed 20 May 2013]. <http://slought.org/content/11400/>.