Claudia La Rocco

Deep Space

July 2016

SHORTLY BEFORE I SAW BLANK MAP, a work created and performed collectively by five black, queer artists, an invitation for “Blackness in Abstraction,” a show at Pace Gallery curated by Adrienne Edwards, landed in my inbox.    As I watched th… READ ON


Comin’ Round the Mountain

June 2016

IN THE BEGINNING IS THE END.  That’s what I kept thinking while standing alone in 356 S. Mission’s industrial backlot amid shifting clumps of art-world denizens. The late-day golden light was fading, and wave upon wave of Biblical so-and-so… READ ON


Church and State

April 2016

IN A THREE-NIGHT STRETCH earlier this month, I saw jazz legend Cecil Taylor’s concert with Min Tanaka and Tony Oxley at the Whitney, Miami City Ballet at Lincoln Center, and Vicky Shick at Danspace Project. “This is a totally weird amalgama… READ ON


History in the Making

March 2016

AS WITH HIS PREVIOUS SERIES, Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church, 2009–2013, Trajal Harrell’s new production, The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai, is explicitly concerned with speculative history. But this time arou… READ ON


Present Tense

February 2016

THE WOMAN IS sitting on a couch in the museum. She is only sitting. She isn’t looking distractedly at a brochure, or taking a picture of art, or herself, or herself and art. She isn’t doing anything with her phone, even just holding it like… READ ON


Five Years

January 2016

But to impose is not To discover. To discover an order as of A season, to discover summer and know it,  To discover winter and know it well, to find, Not to impose, not to have reasoned at all, Out of nothing to have come on major weather, … READ ON


Pointe / Counterpointe

November 2015

FOR HIS PERFORMA 15 COMMISSION, Jérôme Bel has created a compact work in an unwieldy delivery system: The thirty-five-minute Ballet (New York) is being presented in three spaces around Manhattan this month—Marian Goodman Gallery, the Martha… READ ON


Game On

October 2015

IT’S A FUNNY THING to spend five hours with something and not know how you feel about it. This is especially true when it’s someone else’s thing, that you have ostensibly, or so convention holds, been invited in to witness.  Sarah Michelson… READ ON


Back to the Future

August 2015

HERE IT IS: the annual highly selective, totally subjective, goddammit-I-only-remembered-the-best/weirdest/awfullest-thing-after-it-was-published, New York fall performance preview. Trust me, this hurts me more than it hurts you.  I decided… READ ON


Albert Evans (1968–2015)

Claudia La Rocco on Albert Evans (1968–2015)

August 2015

“AFTER SPEAKING WITH ALBERT EVANS, a reporter’s transcript is filled with notes like ‘big laugh,’ ‘throws hands up dramatically,’ and ‘mischievous whisper.’ ”  That sentence didn’t make my editor’s cut for the 2006 New York Times profile I … READ ON