Cunsthaus presents Pussy Riot Music Videos

In continuing efforts to provide engaging cultural programs and experiences through a collaborative and feminist curatorial perspective, Cunsthaus is proud to present a series of music video screenings by Russian artists and activists Pussy Riot opening on Friday, January 6th from 7-10pm. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. All contributions will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Cunsthaus presents Pussy Riot

Known for their blend of radical performance and leftist ideals, Pussy Riot became the focus of international attention in 2012 as members Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested and jailed after performing an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral. As Pussy Riot researcher Masha Gessen has written, “Pussy Riot are the first real dissidents of the Putin era, but like all dissidents they’re individual actors, perpetually out on a limb. Their actions have had dire but clear consequences, and in return for the hardships they’ve faced, they have received a voice and a mission.” Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has deemed Pussy Riot “One of the most important groups of our time.”

A vocal and active proponent of free speech in Russia, Pussy Riot has turned its attention to the United States, as evidenced by their most recent video “Make America Great Again” which will be screened at Cunsthaus. Also to be shown are the Russian-language video “Organs” with an English translation and “Straight Outta Vagina,” co-written with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Of this song, Tolokonnikova told The Guardian, “I believe the idea of powerful female sexuality is much bigger than any populist megalomaniac man.” These music videos epitomize the brash and brave energy of Pussy Riot, and further their role as international protesters. Cunsthaus has worked with Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova to secure permission for these screenings.


CUNSTHAUS was established in the spring of 2016 by fourteen women in the Tampa Bay-area with practices in education, visual art, music, curation, and writing. Sited next to artist-run gallery space Tempus Projects, established in 2009, CUNSTHAUS is further developing the Seminole Heights neighborhood as an arts destination. Offering unique exhibitions and events spanning a range of media and a varied survey of artists, CUNSTHAUS’ primary mission is to create a space for artistic expression, dialogue and reflection contributing to the arts community within the local neighborhood of Seminole Heights and the Tampa Bay region.

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John Cage’s 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience

January 28 – May 6, 2012
In celebration of his enduring legacy and the 2012 centenary of his birth, the Museum is pleased to present John Cage’s 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience – an interactive installation guest curated by Jade Dellinger.

January 28 – May 6, 2012
Tampa Museum of Art

A Celebration of the Centenary of the Composer’s Birth

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, John Cage (1912- 1992) created sound and performance works that broke through boundary after boundary. In celebration of his enduring legacy and the 2012 centenary of his birth, the Museum is pleased to present John Cage’s 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience – an interactive installation guest curated by Jade Dellinger.

Conceived in 1969 as an “audience participation” work, John Cage’s original “score” simply stipulated that the gallery be filled with about a dozen record players and two- to three-hundred vinyl records. Museum visitors were encouraged to act as DJs and create a musical mix by playing records freely and thus performing the work.

According to guest curator Jade Dellinger, “when the work was first installed at the University of California in Davis, a local record store graciously volunteered the hundreds of necessary records. However, as Cage never discussed condition or specified titles, the store promptly sent over the most common and undesirable, damaged and utterly unsalable records in their inventory.” Dellinger was inspired by a line from a letter he received in the 1980’s from Cage in which the composer noted that “I am not interested in the names of movements but rather in seeing and making things not seen before.”

As “a tribute and in celebration of Cage’s centennial, the exhibition’s goal is both to honor and reinterpret Cage’s score with the assistance of a few rather special friends. The show aimed to create a broad spectrum of vinyl recordings as source material for visitor-participants to access at the Museum, and a prominent group of visual artists and performers (even a few Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers) have been invited to submit Top 10 picks or album playlists to fill record bins. The participating visual and performing artists include:

Yoko Ono ,Iggy Pop, Graham Nash, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), Jack White (The White Stripes), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Richie Ramone (The Ramones), Jad Fair (Half-Japanese), Alex James (Blur), Meredith Monk, Arto Lindsay (DNA & Lounge Lizards), Blixa Bargeld (Einsturzende Neubauten), Mike Kelley (Destroy All Monsters), S.A. Martinez (311), David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), Emil Schult (Kraftwerk), Pauline Oliveros, The Residents, Vito Acconci, The Art Guys, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Christian Marclay, Jim Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, William Wegman

John Cage 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience is ©1969 by Henmar Press Inc. Used by permission of C.F. Peters Corporation. All Rights Reserved. The Museum is grateful to Ms. Laura Kuhn, executive director of The John Cage Trust at Bard College, for her enthusiastic support of this project. For more about the 2012 John Cage Centennial celebrations worldwide, please visit