Tate Modern Talk

The place of performance in the museum

François Chaignaud in 20 Dancers for the XX Century by Boris Charmatz, BMW Tate Live: If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse? Photo © Tate, 2015

A series of curators and artists examine the ‘place of performance’ within the twenty-first-century museum

Concluding the two-year AHRC funded project Performance at Tate, and coinciding with the opening of the new Tate Modern, this event considers how the inclusion of performance or performative work in collections and programming not only adds to (and occasionally revises) art history, but impacts upon physical, conceptual and technical infrastructures of the museum itself. 

Comprising presentations by leading scholars, curators and artists, the event questions how performance both proceeds from and pushes against these material and institutional interactions. Additionally, we consider how the increasing visibility of performance has raised questions concerning how arts institutions and practitioners conceive the roles of action, gesture and audience when displaying artworks that are not considered performance-based in the usual sense, but are understood as performative more broadly for how they make use of and position processes of creation and reception – whether rooted in traditional media such as painting, sculpture, and photography, or in emerging and new media.


  • Annie Fletcher (Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum)
  • Ana Janevski (Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance, MoMA)
  • Cally Spooner (Artist)
  • Catherine Wood (Senior Curator, International Art & Performance, Tate)
  • Jonah Westerman (AHRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Tate)
  • Tarek Atoui (Artist)

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

20 June 2016 at 17.30–20.00

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