Past & Future

For over three decades, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the cultural community in NYC and across the globe. Under the curato¬rial vision of Mark Russell (1985–2005) and Vallejo Gantner (2005–present), PS122 has developed a set of programs designed to sustain the creative process for artists throughout their career and provide extraordinary experiences for our audiences, in all their diversity. Our goal is to inspire critical thinking and connect performance with the larger cultural eco-system of both New York City and the world, and by doing so re-establish the value of live performance. Through partnering with peer organizations as well as contemporary institutions who share our belief in the cultural importance of live performance, PS122 currently commissions and presents artists in all disciplines in spaces all over the city during an annual fall & spring season and COIL festival in January.

Founded in 1980 by Charles Dennis, Tim Miller, Charles Moulton, and Peter Rose, in what was then an abandoned public school building, Performance Space 122 is proud to have brought forward not only artists, like John Leguizamo, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, the Blue Man Group and Annie Dorsen who have gone on to make waves in commercial arenas on Broadway or at HBO, but also artists who have triggered national debate about political and ethical issues, like the original “NEA four”, Ethyl Eichelberger (HIV/AIDS activist) and Young Jean Lee, as well as artists who have radicalized aesthetic form like Meredith Monk, Spalding Gray, Richard Maxwell, Tina Satter, Andrew Schneider, Rabih Mroué (Lebanon), Cuqui Jerez (Spain), and Mariano Penscotti (Argentina).

In 2013, PS122’s East Village home began a much-needed interior renovation supported by the City of New York, Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Design and Construction. We are invigorated by the prospect of this multi-year journey and the re-opening of our custom designed theater spaces. These column-free, larger spaces raise the roof to feature a two story high ceiling allowing for more agency for artists and more expansive experiences for our audiences.

In preparation for our grand re-opening in the summer of 2016, PS122 has launched “Give Performance Space” (GPS) – a major fundraising campaign to spur PS122’s growth during one of the most exciting periods in our history. GPS will increase our capacity to better serve the artists and audiences of New York City during a four-year transition period that includes two years of planning and outfitting and our critical first two seasons in our new home. GPS will provide capacity-building funds to allow us to take full advantage of our beautiful new spaces and lay the groundwork for long-term sustainability. GPS is critical to our success artistically, financially and organizationally as a growing leader within the cultural ecology of New York City.

  • Our building became real. #GALA15 http://t.co/VT80gM8JzS

  • RT @AndrewAndrew: The view from the office today @PS122 gala @CapitaleNY http://t.co/q2RvtJRV3V

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Late addition! @amandapalmer to play the @PS122 Gala after party! Stand and deliver! 1030pm, open bar. Capitale NY.

  • There's still time to bid on the #GALA15 online #auction! You don't need to be at the event to win! https://t.co/MPByRZpEuK

  • Tonight, we celebrate. #ClaireDanes @Alancumming @JimmyVanBramer @MeowTopia @peaches http://t.co/E8TD9FDhFH #GALA15

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Very excited about the Julian Schnabel addition to the @ps122 auction...http://t.co/xr7TAyWArX. http://t.co/8m8vstoqQ7

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  • @hyperjetlag yes, yes it is. What was your first meal back on the chewing side?

  • #ClaireDanes reconfirms her history with @PS122: http://t.co/YpimC9OcKj Join her this Monday 4/20.

  • @badfortrains @itsMatin @TimesTalks We have very limited tix left to our GALA honoring Claire: http://t.co/2E3tVJcwvM You should come!

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  • Looking forward (and up?) to celebrating #ClaireDanes on Monday 4/20! Very limited tix left for… https://t.co/xjC6gfiOHG

  • See our old friend @KeithHaringFdn on a private tour of @RubellMiami in #Gala15 auction: https://t.co/LLeARA1Hb3 #art http://t.co/5QKo22XuE3

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  • RT @TheLITFund: @PS122's Spring Gala is on 4/20 @ 6:30p @ Capitale-130 Bowery Hosted by Alan Cumming and Honoring CLAIRE DANES! http://t.co…

  • RT @hyperjetlag: It's slow going now. But that scaff will be down in a year #gala15 @ps122 https://t.co/TqcSVqKdYk

  • Who will make us a performance from the @PeanutButterCo auction item for #GALA15? 6 bottles, endless possibilities: https://t.co/QFmPFxctD4

  • NYC right now is reminiscent of this Fall's show by Fernando Rubio on the @HudsonRiverPark. Dontcha think, @FIAFNY? http://t.co/UgAgZAWFJr

  • Past honoree @amandapalmer will create an original work from your beautiful face! Bid on it @PS122 #GALA15 #Auction: https://t.co/EKaTOjlWre