Felix Bernstein

Bieber Bathos Elegy

January 15th-16th, 2016

The Whitney Museum of American Art

In this hybrid work of musical performance, New York-based artist, poet, and writer Felix Bernstein shifts from poetry to cabaret drag to lonely web voyeurism to deconstructive criticism to opera. Bringing into the light issues of identity and persona, Bernstein ponders the concept of bathos—the anticlimax that comes with the descent from the sublime to the ridiculous. Set to new music by composer Rron Karahoda, pop star “Justin Bieber” visits the stage as a prophetic angel to critique Felix’s perverse rapture and hysteria, while avant-garde vocal artist and pioneer Shelley Hirsch leads a youth’s chorus in a rendition of “Tomorrow” from Annie. Felix’s frequent collaborator Gabe Rubin directs and appears as a solemn sprite in a haunting version of Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye.”

Press: Huffington Post / Village Voice / Hyperallergic / Bullett / Art in America / Artcritical / DNA Info

The theater entrance features a special installation, “O Felix Culpa: Logos Spermatikos,” by artist Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt. Bieber Bathos Elegy is organized by Jay Sanders, Curator and Curator of Performance, as a co-commission with NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, with residency support from Pioneer Works. Image: Ariele Max / Bullett. For more information, please visit whitney.org

Bieber Bathos Elegy