When I heard of Jerome Bel’s “Disabled Theater”—an interpretive play performed by professional actors with learning disabilities—I thought, good. It’s about time we make a place for different kinds of expression in the art world. I don’t know what that place should look like, but after seeing one of Bel’s productions this week, I promise you: It’s not this.
Thanks to Performa, we’re looking forward to a month of actual art—hopefully with less of a commercial focus than we’re used to seeing around New York. Given Performa’s ability to identify great artists, its depth of historical engagement, and the independent nature of performance art, you’re bound to find some great work this month. It’s also humongous (for better or worse). You need our guide.