Schlenzka, 38, will become PS122’s first female artistic leader. She will bring over a decade of curatorial experience, primarily in live performance and media art, to PS122 as the iconic arts organization prepares to return to its beloved East Village home.
On February 1, Schlenzka will join PS122 as its third artistic leader and will build on the work of both Vallejo Gantner (2005–2016) and Mark Russell (1985–2005). Her programming will begin in early 2018.
“At Performance Space 122, we celebrate courage – to challenge preconceived notions, to break barriers, both in substance and form, to take visible actions towards a freer, more expressive, diverse and equitable society,” said Ciotti, President of Performance Space 122’s Board of Directors. “Jenny is a bold risk-taker whose programmatic choices combine a thorough curatorial approach with such great instincts on what it is that makes the heart of our extended community pulse. She will be a great leader at a very exciting time of growth for Performance Space 122.”
With a background in cultural studies, Schlenzka is interested in how different art forms can push individuals to engage with the world in creative and illuminating ways. As the Associate Curator at MoMA PS1 and, prior to that, as the Assistant Curator for Performance in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, Schlenzka has been at the forefront of presenting, collecting, and exhibiting performance-based art.
“I feel very honored to join Performance Space 122 at this crucial crossroads,” said Schlenzka, incoming Executive Artistic Director of PS122. “Historically, the organization has been a place of radical experimentation and interdisciplinarity, shaping artistic communities in the East Village and beyond. It will be exciting to work with artists and staff on extending these core values into the future.”
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