Installation: The Building Show

Premiered: November 20, 2016 at WeisAcres, NYC
Performers: Greg Corbino, Tyler Fairbanks, Maura Gahan, Patrick Gallagher, Kevin Lovelady, Maria Manhattan, Jennifer Miller, Saori Tsukada and Cathy Weis.

Weis and audience members; Photo by Anja Hitzenberger  Performers: Weis, Lovelady, Corbino, Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Gallagher, Tsukada, Gahan, Lovelady, Weis; Photo: Anja Hitzenberger  Performers: Gahan, Tsukada; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Corbino, Tsukada, Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Corbino, Weis, Tsukada; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Weis, Corbino, Tsukada, Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Corbino, Weis; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Lovelady, Manhattan; Photo: Richard Termine  Tour Guide Maria Manhattan and audience; Photo by Richard Termine  Performers: Sukada, Weis; Photo: Anja Hitzenberger  Performers: Gallagher, Manhattan; Photo: Anja Hitzenberger  Performers: Manhattan, Weis, Gahan, Corbin; Photo: Anja Hitzenberger  Performers: Gahan, Corbino; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Tsukada, Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performers: Gallagher, Lovelady; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  Performer: Gahan; Photo: Richard Termine  The Building Show; Photo by Richard Termine

In March 2015, Weis launched the first of a series of installations at WeisAcres that would eventually take over the entire building at 537 Broadway. The Building Show is the third iteration.

Building on the expansions made in Time Travel with Madame Xenogamy, Weis refocused her multi-room installation on the unique history of the 537 Broadway building. As the tour guide leads the audience through its creaky halls and up the broad, sloping staircases, performances occurred in various rooms, corners and landings on three different floors of the building. Each live performance integrated bits and pieces of the building’s history and took place in the spaces where the history was made.

From its early days as a corset factory to the lurid past as P.T. Barnum’s American Museum to George Maciunas and the birth of the Fluxus movement, the audience travels through time and space, experiencing the storied history of 537 Broadway and glimpsing the lives and art that filled its spaces.

 

Performance history:

Sundays on Broadway, WeisAcres, NYC (2016 – premiere)
Sundays on Broadway, WeisAcres, NYC (2016)
Sundays on Broadway, WeisAcres, NYC (2016)