DISBAND at AUX Performance Space

Vox Populi

March 9, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 9pm

Free and open to the public

AUX Performance Space at Vox Populi Gallery
319 N. 11th Street 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Co-presented with Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

AUX Performance Space in conjunction with Fleisher/Ollman, very proudly present legendary, feminist conceptual art punk group DISBAND. Core members Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, and Martha Wilson perform their first US show since 2008′s reunion at “WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution,” MoMA PS1.

Active in Manhattan’s downtown art scene from 1978–82, the members of DISBAND screamed, shouted, sang, and stomped through the heyday of New York City’s new- and no-wave scenes, blurring the line between performance art and live music. A loft in the avant-garde space Franklin Furnace served as their workshop, hosting “wild and crazy rehearsals” for the band’s rotating membership, which at one time included artist Barbara Kruger and then-Editor of ARTFORUM Ingrid Sischy. Mirroring the chaotic atmosphere of that time and also addressing their status as women, the band’s songs – such as, “The End,” “Iran-y,” “DOW,” “Girls’ Bill of Rights,” and “Look at my Dick”—have unmistakable relevance today.

Self-described as “the all-girl conceptual art punk band of women artists who can’t play any instruments,” the group developed new songs last summer during a MacDowell Colony residency in New Hampshire.

DISBAND has performed in many New York venues, such as PS1, the Kitchen, the Mudd Club, TR3, and nationally at such venues as Hallwalls, LAICA and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  In 1980 DISBAND toured Italy with Laurie Anderson, Paul McCarthy, and Chris Burden.

Join us at AUX for a rare encounter with the band’s unique, collaborative energy and punk-acappella sound, presented in conjunction with Fleisher/Ollman’s exhibition You, Me, We, She (February 23–March 31) featuring contemporary female artists working with community or collective identity in their practices.

AUX programming is made possible through the generous support of The Knight Foundation, The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, and The William Penn Foundation.
*Image above:
Courtesy of DISBAND.
Photo: Sarah Jenkins.