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The Week in Pictures

Performa's Marclay Award Ceremony, Alanna Heiss's Farewell to the Clocktower Gallery, & More

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The artist Christian Marclay presented Performa's second-ever Malcolm Award to Ryan McNamara for his performance "Meem: A Story Ballet About the Internet."
The artist Christian Marclay presented Performa's second-ever Malcolm Award to Ryan McNamara for his performance "Meem: A Story Ballet About the Internet."
The British avant-garde musician No Bra performed at the ceremony.
The British avant-garde musician No Bra performed at the ceremony.
Alanna Heiss, the indispensable founder of both PS1 and the Clocktower Gallery, gave a funny, moving, and indomitable farewell speech to the site from a spiral staircase.
Alanna Heiss, the indispensable founder of both PS1 and the Clocktower Gallery, gave a funny, moving, and indomitable farewell speech to the site from a spiral staircase.
Well-wishers at the Clocktower's going-away party listened to a saxophone performance.
Well-wishers at the Clocktower's going-away party listened to a saxophone performance.
A display in the Clocktower's final exhibition
A display in the Clocktower's final exhibition
The opening of Julie Ault's new exhibition at Artists Space, exhibiting her personal collection of work by artists from Jenny Holzer and  Tim Rollins + KOS to Martin Wong and Felix Gonzalez-Torres
The opening of Julie Ault's new exhibition at Artists Space, exhibiting her personal collection of work by artists from Jenny Holzer and Tim Rollins + KOS to Martin Wong and Felix Gonzalez-Torres
The opening of Isaac Julien's "The Thousand Waves" in MoMA's atrium
The opening of Isaac Julien's "The Thousand Waves" in MoMA's atrium
The film functions as a multiscreen elegy for 20 Chinese cockle pickers who drowned on the shores of England in 2004
The film functions as a multiscreen elegy for 20 Chinese cockle pickers who drowned on the shores of England in 2004
The crowd at the MoMA opening
The crowd at the MoMA opening
Held in artist Marianne Vitale's Long Island City studio, "The Missing Book of Spurs" was a performance equal parts "The Shining," "From Dusk 'Til Dawn," and bawdy, debaucherous burlesque.
Held in artist Marianne Vitale's Long Island City studio, "The Missing Book of Spurs" was a performance equal parts "The Shining," "From Dusk 'Til Dawn," and bawdy, debaucherous burlesque.
After (and during) the performance, viewers drank beers and tequila from flowing bars and generally partied with the performers.
After (and during) the performance, viewers drank beers and tequila from flowing bars and generally partied with the performers.
Marianne Vitale, at right, celebrating in costume after a performance
Marianne Vitale, at right, celebrating in costume after a performance
A sculpture by Keegan Monaghan on display at artist Oto Gillen's yet-to-be-named live-in gallery space in the Meatpacking District
A sculpture by Keegan Monaghan on display at artist Oto Gillen's yet-to-be-named live-in gallery space in the Meatpacking District
A photograph by Oto Gillen
A photograph by Oto Gillen
An abstract painting of a head by Roland Allmeyer in the show
An abstract painting of a head by Roland Allmeyer in the show
A painting by James Leary playfully conflating Picasso's blue period with the boys in blue
A painting by James Leary playfully conflating Picasso's blue period with the boys in blue
An unfortunately angled shot of Nick Parker's wonderful <em>Pickle Painting</em>, which conceals a sculpture of a pickle made from painted aluminum foil behind the bottom right corner
An unfortunately angled shot of Nick Parker's wonderful Pickle Painting, which conceals a sculpture of a pickle made from painted aluminum foil behind the bottom right corner
Here you can see a slightly better, but not that much better, view of the pickle.
Here you can see a slightly better, but not that much better, view of the pickle.

The last week of November was an enormously eventful one in the New York art world. On Sunday, Performa 13 bestowed its Malcolm Award—named in honor of the late punk impresario Malcolm McLaren—to the artist Ryan McNamara for his “Meem: A Story Ballet About the Internet,” a performance that audaciously sought to transfer the multi-tab, multitasking mode of cultural consumption that the Web encourages to the august medium of dance by approximating the mashed-up experience of watching clips of a series of historical ballet performances on YouTube. The artist Christian Marclay presented the award.

On a more bittersweet note, the Clocktower Gallery, the pioneering space that New York art legend Alanna Heiss founded atop an old courthouse off lower Broadway in 1972, held a closing party to celebrate its decades of alternative art programming (an attention-getting recent show was James Franco's "The Dangerous Book Four Boys in 2010). Forced out of the building after the landlord sold it to residential developers for over $100 million—the top-floor Clocktower space is being converted into a $34 million penthouse; one interested party who has toured the space is Leonardo DiCaprio—the Clocktower will now continue its programming across pop-up sites in Times Square, the outer boroughs, and around the world.

Scroll through the slide show above to see pictures from these events, plus Julia Ault's opening at Artists Space, Isaac Julian's opening at MoMA, Marianne Vitale's "The Book of Spurs" Performa performance, and a show organized by an artist who wishes to remain anonymous.

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