From May 5 – June 9, 2014 critic, curator and cultural provocateur Andy Horwitz gave a series of five lectures on live performance at NYU. On May 19, 2014 the lecture was titled "Irrational Exuberance: The Performing Arts Market Explained". Here Andy examined the performing arts market in NYC from 2004 – 2014 as viewed through the lens of the APAP conference and related showcases. Taking a historical and global perspective, Andy addresses issues of supply and demand and the relationship between economic and cultural structures in the current nonprofit performing arts, aesthetic bias and resource allocation.
Drawing from his extensive body of critical writing on Culturebot.org, the findings of The Brooklyn Commune Project’s report on arts, economics and cultural production in the performing arts, and his years of experience as a curator, producer and artist advocate, over the course of five lectures Horwitz weaves disparate but interrelated topics together to offer a uniquely insightful perspective into the current state of performance and its possible futures.
These lectures were made possible with support from the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, (Dana Whitco, Director). Special thanks to Allyson Green, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts; the Department of Dance, Cherylyn Lavagnino and Sean Curran, Co-Chairs. Special thanks also to William Moulton and Paul Galando, Tisch Dance.