Joëlle Tuerlinckx: THAT’S IT!

September 24–30, 2018, Dia:Beacon


THAT’S IT! is a performance, THAT’S IT! is a film, THAT’S IT! is a filmed performance. From on-to off-screen, walking to posing, pausing to moving, it is an encounter between actors and visitors, a confusion of roles, an inversion of subjectivities, something that happens between the gallery attendant and the work, between the work and the onlooker.” –Joëlle Tuerlinckx, 2018

From September 24 to 30, 2018, Joëlle Tuerlinckx (b. 1958, Brussels) will present her first live commission in the United States: THAT’S IT!. For more than twenty years, the artist has been widely known for her complex installations that combine materials from her personal archive, such as drawings, music, objects, photographs, and projections. Her site-specific practice often focuses on the interior architecture of museums and the variable situations that they present to the visitor. Out of the staging of these immersive settings, Tuerlinckx has more recently developed a body of work rooted in live choreography and sound, which furthers her interest in exploring the experiential boundaries of what it means to inhabit the museum.

Tuerlinckx’s commission for Dia proposes a comprehensive “museum choreography”—an ambitious performance engaging multiple collaborators and live elements in several gallery and outdoor spaces at Dia:Beacon. Taking place over the course of one week, THAT’S IT! will feature different events each day that respond to Dia’s collection and the architecture of Dia:Beacon. Tuerlinckx and her regular actors will perform different scenes each day that will take place in and around Dia:Beacon. She has also invited several groups from the Hudson Valley including firefighters, youth softball players, and a high school marching band to enact specific choreographies that traverse the galleries. The events will be set to a live score composed and performed by Christoph Fink and Valentijn Goethals, and the entire performance will be filmed in real time, extending the encounter between artwork, museum, and spectator. Dia will present the resulting feature-length film, produced by Escautville, in the coming years.

Joëlle Tuerlinckx: THAT’S IT! is made possible by support from Dia’s Director’s Council: Fady Jameel, Leslie and Mac McQuown, Alice and Tom Tisch, and Sara and Evan Williams. Additional support is provided by Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach, Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Galerie Nagel Draxler GbR, Liliane Salama, and David Schwartz Foundation, Inc.



Monday, September 24
11 am–6 pm

Tuesday, September 25
1:30–4 pm (closed museum day; reservations required here)

Wednesday, September 26
1:30–4 pm (closed museum day; reservations required here)

Thursday, September 27
11 am–6 pm

Friday, September 28
11 am–6 pm

Saturday, September 29
11 am–5 pm

Sunday, September 30
11 am–6 pm


Joëlle Tuerlinckx

Joëlle Tuerlinckx was born in Brussels in 1958. She lives and works in Brussels.


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