The Poetry Project

Alex Tatarsky

Called “a hilarious, finely tuned absurdist” (Theatre Jones) and “an East Village relic” (Vogue), Alex Tatarsky experienced fleeting fame as Andy Kaufman’s daughter and used to perform as a mound of dirt. They make performances in the uncomfortable in-between zone of comedy, dance-theater, performance art, and deluded rant--sometimes with songs. Venues include La MaMa, The Kitchen, MoMA PS1, Gibney, AUNTS, Judson Church, Segue, The Glove, Bronx Art Space, New Museum, and many bars and basements. Writings on counterfeit poetics and grotesque politics have appeared in publications including The New Inquiry, Hypocrite Reader, ArtReview Asia, Folder, Viscose, and Vulture. They teach workshops on mask, holy fools, decomposition, and mistranslation. Along with Ming Lin, they form one half of poetic research unit Shanzhai Lyric and founded the fictional office entity Canal Street Research Association. They spent September doing a durational sad clown show in an empty commercial storefront. They are honored to have been a Movement Research Artist in Residence, Abrons Artist in Residence, Independence Fellow, and Pew Fellow. Research interests include bootlegs and compost.