6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
For this five-week performance and installation, Zanisnik will read Philip Roth’s "The Great American Novel" From Thursday through Sunday each week (1-6 p.m.) within a life-size Plexiglas container specially designed to fan baseball cards and outdated currency. Taking intermittent breaks to eat lunch with his parents, Bob and Carol Zanisnik, the artist will also tinker with an expansively cluttered installation of junk sourced from both Abrons storage spaces and his own childhood home; police costumes, hardware shelving, and cardboard share strange proximity with his childhood comic books, toys, baseball cards, and other icons of boyhood.
Zanisnik humorously contrasts with such representations of manliness. For "Every Inch a Man," he performs this incongruity day in and day out as an absurdly Freudian compulsion to relive adolescent, familial trauma. Taking a cue from Mike Kelley, whose regressive, infantile characters questioned prescribed social conventions, Zanisnik’s performance and anti-archive of historical material brings into sharp relief how gender roles are both consumer-constructed and pervasive "givens" of American culture.