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The Present Perfect with Art21
Featuring Oliver Herring and Laurie Simmons in conversation with Robert MacNeil

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Online live streaming at  –or— On-site at the 92YTribeca in New York City

Tickets are free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. RSVP online at the 92YTribeca Web site or by phone at the 92YTribeca Box Office, 212-601-1000. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; event begins at 8 p.m. sharp

About the Event
The Present Perfect with Art21 is an interactive event featuring artists Oliver Herring and Laurie Simmons in conversation with Robert MacNeil—as well as with an on-site and online audience—about the role of collaboration and performance in contemporary art and everyday life.

From recent interactive museum exhibitions to flash mob “happenings” on YouTube, the act of performance has become a renewed, powerful force in art and culture, influencing artists in myriad ways. The Present Perfect with Art21 explores how the movement impacts their work and informs the way they use film, video, dance, fashion, and photography.

Audiences are invited to view advance videos, photographs, and film clips submitted by Herring and Simmons. And in response, are encouraged to upload their own videos, questions, and comments, which may be featured live during the conversation. Your submissions will drive the quality of this program, so log on, weigh in, and collaborate with two of the twenty-first century’s most influential contemporary artists!

Co-presented with PBS and the 92YTribeca, this event picks up where the traditional artist talks leave off, providing a platform to connect with audience members in creative, playful ways. In doing so, Art21 hopes to reveal how contemporary art intersects with—and presents a snapshot of—the culture of our time.

The Present Perfect with Art21 is part of PBS’s initiative to bring the arts and the creative process to as broad an audience as possible, on air, online and in person.

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Tiny Furniture features Laurie Simmons playing the role of mother to the lead character, portrayed by the film’s writer/director and real-life daughter of Laurie Simmons, Lena Dunham.