XtraCurricular The Perlin Papers

Mimeograph 16mm, color, sound, 20:50 2010 Credits: Production still photograph by Cassandra Guan 2010 Film by Jenny Perlin 2010 Courtesy the artist and Galerie M+R Fricke Berlin

Location One presents

XtraCurricular*, a collaboration between Location One and the Columbia University School of the Arts.

Thursday, 27 January 2011
The Perlin Papers
A series of eight short films by Jenny Perlin
Co-Curated by Jovana Stokic and Daisy Nam

The Perlin Papers is a series of eight short films that reveal stories of domestic espionage during the Cold War period in the United States.

The Perlin Papers is an archive of 250,000 pages located at Columbia University. The archive contains many of the FBI documents related to the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, U.S. citizens who were tried and executed in 1953 for allegedly spying for the Soviet Union For two decades after the execution, the FBI tracked hundreds of people tangentially connected to the case.

The Perlin Papers films focus on the overlooked  and seemingly unimportant documents in the archive as a way of unpacking history and connecting it to the present.

The Perlin Papers archive at Columbia University is named for a distant relative. Marshall “Mike” Perlin (1920 – 1998) was a civil-liberties lawyer whose lawsuit on behalf of the Rosenbergs’ children resulted in one of the first successful uses of the Freedom of Information Act in the United States.

The running time for this event is approximately 70 minutes and is free to the public.


The Performance Program at Location OneThe Abramović Studio is a space within Location One dedicated to the ongoing performance series of long-durational works focusing on open-ended forms of workshops, panels and discussions. All programs are curated by Jovana Stokić.

*XtraCurricular Series

In Spring 2011, five artists and thinkers are invited to curate five nights, using the Location One space for an evening of play and extracurricular events. 
Co-curated by Jovana Stokic and Daisy Nam.

Columbia University School of the Arts and Marina Abramović Studio at Location One host a performance piece by multi-media visual artist Jenny Perlin. The performance is the first in the series XtraCurricular, which, through a partnership between Location One and School of the Arts, will present the work of five artists and thinkers curating five different nights of artistic expression. Perlin and actors will perform episodes from her eight-part film project made from The Perlin Papers, a collection of over 250,000 pages of declassified government documents from the Cold War. Segments of the films will also be screened. The Perlin Papers are archived in the Columbia University Libraries.  Other artists in this series will be Jill Magid and Janine Antoni.
Jenny Perlin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She holds a B.A. in Literature and Society from Brown University, an M.F.A. in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and completed postgraduate studies at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. Perlin is represented by Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Galerie M+R Fricke, Berlin.

January 27 – Jenny Perlin
February 24 – Jill Magid
March 24 – TBA
April 14 – TBA
May 26 – TBA