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New York: We Interviewed "Pizza Rat" About Making Performance Art Accessible

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Nov 25, 2020 • View in browser
New Yorkers are nothing if not inventive. Take Jonothon Lyons; amid the artistic constraints of the pandemic, the dancer, theater artist, and puppeteer made his own stage, bringing a uniquely New York phenomenon to life as Buddy the Pizza Rat. Our staff writer Valentina Di Liscia caught up with him recently, to the delight of mice, men, women, and folks all over.
In the galleries, Alexandra Thomas reviews the Shed’s incisive new Howardena Pindell show, which sees the veteran artist confront the lingering impacts of racism. Also worth checking out: Cate Giordano’s uncanny solo show at Postmasters.
Don’t forget your mask.
– Dessane Lopez Cassell, Editor, Reviews

"Pizza Rat" Talks About Performance Art
Theater artist Jonothon Lyons performing as Buddy the Rat in the New York City subway. (photo courtesy of Jonothon Lyons)
Theater artist Jonothon Lyons performing as Buddy the Rat in the New York City subway. (photo courtesy of Jonothon Lyons)
Recently, the internet went wild over a 23-second-long clip of a figure in a rat costume, complete with a long tail, whiskers, and mousy gray suit, dragging a life-sized pizza slice up the stairs in a subway station.
We interviewed Jonothon Lyons, the man behind the mask, about shaking up the performance art scene:
For the most part, people are really seeming to enjoy it. New York City is the world’s capital of live performance, and our doors have been shuttered since March. I think this is having such a big response because I brought something out into the streets that we only usually get to see up on a stage.
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