Artists Space

Ei Arakawa: Social Muscle Rehab (outdoor performance)

October 16, 2021, 3pm

Saturday, October 16
11 Cortlandt Alley

The performance will be live streamed on Ortvi here.

A tennis player sits next to a white bag with gold detailing and white tennis racket. A blue towel covers their face. On the right, "Social Muscle Rehab" is written in yellow lettering.
Naomi Osaka at the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium, March 31, 2021. Image courtesy UPI/Alamy Live News. Photo: Gary I. Rothstein [A tennis player sits next to a white bag with gold detailing and white tennis racket. A blue towel covers their face. On the right, "Social Muscle Rehab" is written in yellow lettering.]

Ei Arakawa
Dan Chen
Danielle A. Jackson
K.O. Nnamdie
Masako Shiba
Kenneth Teng
Ivanny Pagan
Britnie Williams


Ei Arakawa explores the mediated world of professional tennis via the complex public image of its most visible star Naomi Osaka. On October 16th, the birthday of Osaka, the artist and a group of collaborators celebrate her advocacy for the wellbeing of players' mental health. The performance will take place on the street and also be live streamed on Ortvi. Rain or shine.

Ei Arakawa's exhibition Social Muscle Rehab is on view at Artists Space from September 22 – November 27, 2021.

Japanese-born American artist Ei Arakawa’s exhibitions and performances are often created through fervent collaborations with artists (and at times their artworks), art historians, and with audience members themselves. His activities undertake the lo-fi mimicry, duplication, and embodiment of cultural forms—be they architectural structures, art historical legacies, or organizational systems—to reanimate their potentialities anew. Since the early 2000s, Arakawa has been at the forefront of renewing the visibility and advancement of performance art internationally, and has mined both its historical forms (such as Japanese Gutai, New York’s Fluxus, Happenings, and Judson Dance Theater, and Viennese Actionism) as well as numerous contemporary manifestations of movement, entertainment, and togetherness. His work, initially appearing spontaneous or improvised, is underpinned by a deep commitment to collaboration as well as addressing the specific contexts of the people for which it is created.

Lead Support for Social Muscle Rehab is provided by Eleanor Cayre.

Exhibition support is provided by James Cahn & Jeremiah Collatz, Lonti Ebers, Jacob King, and Japan Foundation, New York.

Support for this program is kindly provided by Sotheby's.

Additional support is provided by Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, Imperfect Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, The Destina Foundation, The Luce Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Arison Arts Foundation, The David Rockefeller Fund, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation.