WhiBi Conversations: What Makes a Good Performance?

Vallejo Gantner suffers from performance envy. He directs a downtown theater, P.S. 122, and he's not all that happy that the museum world has become the "new cool" for seeing live art.

But is any of that art ... any good?

That's one of the questions art critic Carolina Miranda posed to Gantner and to Whitney Biennial co-curator Gary Carrion-Murayari. Gantner argues that few visual artists understand how to make performance work well in the "white box" of the museum. And while this year's Biennial features considerably less performance than the 2008 exhibition (which took over the Park Avenue Armory for three weeks), Carrion-Murayari argues that the work we'll see this year seemlessly fits into the show.