As part of the SELF-TIMER STORIES exhibition, June 17 to September 8, 2014
PERFORMANCE DATE: Wednesday, June 18th, at 7:00 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum very proudly presents legendary, feminist conceptual art punk group DISBAND. Core members Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, Diane Torr and Martha Wilson perform their seventh show since 2008′s reunion at “WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution,” MoMA PS1.
Active in Manhattan’s downtown art scene from 1978-82, the members of DISBAND screamed, shouted, sang, and stomped through the heyday of New York City’s new- and no-wave scenes, blurring the line between performance art and live music. A loft in the avant-garde space Franklin Furnace served as their workshop, hosting “wild and crazy rehearsals” for the band’s rotating membership, which at one time included artist Barbara Kruger and then-Editor of ARTFORUM Ingrid Sischy. Mirroring the chaotic atmosphere of that time and also addressing their status as women, the band’s songs – such as, “The End,” “Iran-y,” “DOW,” “Girls’ Bill of Rights,” and “Look at my Dick” – have unmistakable relevance today.
Self-described as “the all-girl conceptual art punk band of women artists who can’t play any instruments,” the group developed new songs during the summer of 2011 during a MacDowell Colony residency in New Hampshire.
Join us for a rare encounter with the band’s unique, collaborative energy and punk-acappella sound.
DISBAND has performed in many New York venues, such as PS1, the Kitchen, the Mudd Club, TR3, and nationally at such venues as Hallwalls, LAICA and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1980 DISBAND toured Italy with Laurie Anderson, Paul McCarthy, and Chris Burden. DISBAND members have included Barbara Ess, Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, Daile Kaplan, Barbara Kruger, Ingrid Sischy, Diane Torr and Martha Wilson.
Four artists, Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, Diane Torr and Martha Wilson, are performing as DISBAND at the Austrian Cultural Forum. Ilona Granet and Martha Wilson have distinctive solo performance and exhibition careers; Donna Henes, the Urban Shaman, is author of several books and columns; and a film about Diane Torr, “Man for a Day,” will be screened at Anthology Film Archives on June 19 and 20.
DISBAND’s February 17, 2008 performance at WACK!, MoMA PS1 is on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK3LNpv39BM&feature=related