The Newcomers

Friday, Nov 10 (All day) to Sunday, Nov 19 (All day)
28 Liberty Plaza
Lower Manhattan

Fosun will host a 10-day live performance as part of the Performa 2017 biennial program. “The Newcomers,” a durational architectural performance that spans both time and distance, will take place over ten days from November 10-19 on the landmarked plaza at 28 Liberty in Lower Manhattan.

“The Newcomers” is presented by American architects and artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, with collaborators Lena Kouvela and Sarah Burns. The group builds and lives in an evolving nomadic structure that changes each day from temporary home to makeshift bridge in order to reach the next day’s supplies along their route. The same materials are reconstituted into a shelter where the group spends the next night before moving again, challenging viewers of the architecture to think beyond permanence.

Since its inception, Performa has been a leader in commissioning artists whose work has collectively shaped a new chapter in the multi-century legacy of visual artists working in live performance. Founded by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, the organization is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of 20th-century art, as well as its enormous significance in the international world of contemporary art.

Since acquiring 28 Liberty, Fosun has initiated a comprehensive repositioning program, including the lobby, elevators, critical infrastructure, and the creation of 200,000 square feet of retail space. Fosun also has activated the plaza, hosting a variety of community and cultural events throughout the year. Among recent events on 28 Liberty Plaza: Sing for Hope Pianos; Summer Movie Nights; Dine Around Downtown food festival; River To River arts festival, Craft Beer and Food Festival, and MoMath public math events.