David Levine's SOME OF THE PEOPLE, ALL OF THE TIME will be on view at The Brooklyn Museum from May 24 - July 8. This 45 minute performance is not ticketed or seated and will be viewable on Thursdays between 2 and 9 pm, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 1 and 6 pm. On first Saturdays (June 2 and July 7), it will be performed between 2 and 9 pm.
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"The work confronts a disturbing question: What if a member of a gathering—a rally, an audience, even a party—is there under false pretenses? Recently, there have been a number of disturbing revelations about this kind of dishonesty, such as paid “protesters” infiltrating demonstrations, the proliferation of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts, and accusations of “crisis acting” in the media. In each case, feigned and fabricated identities are being deployed for political gain.
Probing the psychological underpinnings of this alarming reality, the centerpiece of Some of the People is a new performance enacted by a rotating cast, addressing issues of personal identity, agency, labor, and suspicion. Inside the gallery-as-stage-set, amid an installation of artworks, Levine crystallizes an unsettling distinction between different modes of acting: wary of an actor’s talent for deception, we are most comfortable when their performances occur on obvious display—not invisibly, and ominously, within a crowd."