July 7 – July 26, 2016

Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street
New York
NY 10013

Still from Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (Beware of a Holy Whore), 1971

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1971 film Beware of a Holy Whore charts a cast of characters as they gather on set at a coastal hotel on the Mediterranean and spiral variously into social and psychological disintegration whilst awaiting the imminent arrival of the director, the star and the production money of the film's meta-film Patria O Muerto ("Motherland or Death"). Grounded in Fassbinder's experience of working on his previous film Whity (1971), Beware of a Holy Whore provides a tempting analogy for the experience of living and working collaboratively in an era of permanent post-production and increasingly volatile economic constraints.

Relocating from 38 Greene Street to a new building in 2017, Artists Space will embark over the coming six months on a period of self-reflection, bringing into critical focus some of the social, spatial and economic factors underpinning art production today. First held at Artists Space in the summer of 2013, Pride Goes Before a Fall / Beware of a Holy Whore / An exhibition in two acts presented a series of artworks and performances around a facsimile of the film's hotel bar at Artists Space Books & Talks. Mise en Abyme is a further redux of this format—a mise en abyme recurring, like a Russian doll in drag—presenting a new cast of protagonists. Some characters have returned, others won't come back. Again, Cuba Libres will be served.

Protagonists that will appear over the course of five
evenings in July include:

Raúl de Nieves
Werner Schroeter
Eve Fowler
Eve Essex
Topical Cream with Black Quantum Futurism,
Stewart Uoo with Shelley Hirsch, Ian Isiah,
     La'Fem Ladosha, Bailey Stiles, Nick Weiss
Morgan Ritter
Joey de Jesus
Dawn Lundy Martin

Programs Calendar:

Thursday, July 7, 7pm
Raúl de Nieves &
Werner Schroeter

Wednesday, July 13, 7pm
Eve Essex
Eve Fowler

Thursday, July 14, 7pm
Topical Cream Presents
Black Quantum Futurism
Quay Dash

Wednesday, July 20, 7pm
Stewart Uoo presents
It's Get Better IV
Shelley Hirsch
Ian Isiah
La'Fem Ladosha
Bailey Stiles
Nick Weiss

Tuesday, July 26, 7pm
Dawn Lundy Martin
Joey De Jesus
Morgan Ritter