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Vulture Presents the Best of Performa 09

Concluding yesterday was Performa 09, the third iteration of the biennial that sees 150 performance artists descend on New York. This year’s event was helmed by art world idol Roselee Goldberg and featured a delirious array of stellar, odd, baffling, mind-blowing — and a few “eh” — works. We’ve put together a roundup of images and videos of a few of our favorites, including Alicia Framis’s Lost Astronaut, in which the artist dressed up as a space person and roamed the streets, and Wangechi Mutu and Imani Uzuri’s Stone Ihiga, a somber and stunning interpretation of the fundamentalist practice of stoning women. Plus: more!

Alicia Framis
David Thomson, Meg Stuart
Bradley Eros
Candice Breitz
Christian Tomaszewski and Joanna Malinowska
Guy Ben-Ner
Jennifer Rubell
Jennifer Rubell
Joan Jonas
Mike Kelley
Mike Kelley
Keren Cytter and D.I.E NOW
Tamar Ettun and Emily Coates
Wangechi Mutu
William Kentridge
Yvonne Rainer
Vulture Presents the Best of Performa 09