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Radical Presence Performance: Benjamin Patterson

Part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Benjamin Patterson presents Pond (1962), an instruction-based participatory performance involving a floor grid, chance phrasings of sound, and wind-up toy frogs. Like many of his Fluxus peers, Patterson has complicated and enriched the relationship between audience and performer, creating situations that encourage direct engagement.


Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

The exhibition is supported by generous grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the patrons, benefactors and donors to CAMH’s Major Exhibition Fund. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.

The Walker Art Center’s presentation is made possible by generous support from Angela and Tom Wicka.