This spring, The Cleveland Museum of Art will debut its first ever work of performance art, Name Announcer, by the internationally-acclaimed artist Pierre Huyghe. The Museum is seeking to hire individuals to activate the work and share it with our audience. In this role, he/she will stand at the entrance to the museum’s contemporary galleries wearing formal attire; when a visitor enters, he/she will politely request the visitor’s name, and then announce this name to everyone within earshot. No previous performance experience is necessary.
In its performative formality, Name Announcer invokes royal court protocol, only to undercut its hierarchies as everyone who enters the space is named and their presence declared with equal prominence. The work challenges the conventions of detachment and anonymity within shared public space; fellow museum-goers suddenly know each other by name. Since the early 1990s, Pierre Huyghe (b. 1962, France) has been working across media, including sculpture, installation, film, performance, photographs, drawings, and music, often playfully blurring the line between fiction and reality and challenging the rituals of everyday life. Huyghe poses sophisticated questions through a diverse range of artistic strategies, and has emerged as one of the most influential artists of his generation.
Requirements set forth by the artist:
-Must speak English
-Must be able to stand for long periods of time
This position is part-time and temporary: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm, March 17-September 30, 2018. $15/hour. Interested applicants who are available for some, but not all of that time are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: Wednesday, March 7. Finalists will be called for interviews/auditions on Thursday, March 8 & Friday, March 9.
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