A Benefit Reading for 112 Workshop

February 12, 1978 112 Greene Street/Workshop

Participating Artists

Jacki Apple
Joe Brainard
John Giorno
Spalding Gray
Poppy Johnson
Christopher Knowles
Joan Larkin
Fran Lebowitz
Cindy Lubar
Charles Ludlam
Kate Millet
Stuart Sherman
Bill Vehr


Exhibition Description

On Sunday at 3:00 PM, the following writers, performers, and artists donated their time and energies for 112: Cindy Lubar and Christopher Knowles read from Knowles’ Network, a performance piece seen in Europe and America; Jacki Apple read from Trunk Pieces, originally installed in 112 in 1975; Joe Brainard read a series of humorous prose poems entitled Exercises; Kate Millet read from The Basement, an unpublished work dealing with the murder of Sylvia Likens in 1967; Fran Lebowitz read from her recently published book Metropolitan Life; Charles Ludlam escaped from a straightjacket put on him by an assistant, a transvestite nurse played by Everett Quinton; Spalding Gray of the performance Group read from the text oh his play, Rumstick Road, a letter from his father about his mother’s suicide; Stuart Sherman performed excerpts from Portraits of Places in which he did mini-actions evoking cities in the United States and Europe; Joan Larkin read lesbian love poetry; and Bill Veher read a passage from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. Paula Cooper Gallery donated the space for this event.

Excerpted from Brentano, R., & Savitt, M. (1981). 112 Workshop, 112 Greene Street: History, artists & artworks. New York: New York University Press.

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