Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

(Brooklyn, NY)Conrad Ventur

Mario Montez Returns

Underground Boricua film/theater actor Mario Montez returns to the spotlight after 35 years in retirement. Alongside a multi-generational cast of performers, Mario will star in this durational living theater environment staged at Participant Inc. for Performa-13. Written and directed by Conrad Ventur, the five-week run will be filmed and open to the public during regular gallery hours, in which the daily process of making the work is the work itself – resulting in a multi-channel video installation and single-channel film. Special evening performances include November 10, 17 and 24 from 7-9pm


Working within the media of photography and video for the last ten years, and more recently using installation, Conrad Ventur is interested in activating moving image archives, whether finding material online or looking at specific underground film archives and repositioning them in exhibition formats. He often brings together pioneers of living theater with a younger generation of performers in live and recorded environments. His video installations have been exhibited at The Andy Warhol Museum; Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; MoMA PS1 and Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland. Recent solo screenings include The High Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and C/O, Berlin. In 2012, Ventur's 13 Most Beautiful/Screen Tests Revisited (2009-2011) were acquired by The Whitney Museum of American Art.