Portnoy (Born 1936) Improvises, 2018

Renowned performance artist Michael Portnoy has also revealed the shocking news that he is 35 years older than he has claimed and has been disguising his true age with prosthetic makeup throughout his career. At the festival, in Portnoy (Born 1936) Improvises, he reveals himself for the first time without a mask, improvising and confusing us in his inimitable way with the collision of movement, language and alien logics. Art historian Claire Bishop gave an introductory lecture on Portnoy’s newly discovered early history in New York in the late 1950s, discussing his influences and antagonisms within the avant-garde communities of dance, poetry and visual art.

Perfomed at:

Palais de la découverte, Paris during FIAC 2018, Thursday 18 October 2018

Hauser & Wirth,  22nd Street, New York, Friday 30 Nov 2018,

Block Universe, The Swiss Church, 79 Endell St, London , Friday, 24 May 2019,

Michael Portnoy, Portnoy (Born 1936) Improvises, 2018
Photo: Shannon Nallan
Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth