past performances

Happy Go Sad

By Jill Pangallo

In her latest multimedia, persona-based performance Happy Go Sad, Jill Pangallo re-creates the compound and often incongruous roles that people perform on a daily basis. Pangallo’s detailed, nuanced portraits oscillate between emotional and emotive polarities—funny and serious, happy and sad, tribute and observation—and endeavor to highlight what she believes to be an epidemic of denial and lack of self-awareness, both on a personal and public level, in the U.S. Universally familiar models and tropes—broadcast advertising, industrial videos and mainstream dance, amongst others—are referenced and subverted as Pangallo continues to explore the crossover between art and entertainment, as well the way humor functions within this interchange. Happy Go Sad employs a deceptively naïve aesthetic that purposefully highlights the performative rather than the technical, and leaves the audience floating in the liminal, and sometimes lonely, space between fantasy and reality.

“Jill Pangallo unleashes her inner angels and demons in a raucous spectacle of clashing alter-egos, therapeutic psychodrama and cathartic release.” Michael Duncan, Curator and Critic

“What makes us who we are? is a formidable question, and humor like Pangallo’s seems to get us closer to an honest response.” Caitlin Haskell, Art Papers

“Pangallo’s work is smart, funny, highly original and kinda creepy.” Glasstire

Jill Pangallo is a New York City-based artist. She has performed and shown internationally at, on and in a variety of clubs, galleries, theaters, television, films, websites, project spaces and festivals for over 20 years. She is involved in two collaborative duos, SKOTE, with Alex P. White and The HoHos, with Cathy Cervenka. She has received numerous awards and accolades including grants from the Idea Fund, City of Austin and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. The Austin Critics’ Table named her Texas Biennial performance Let Me Entertain You, “Best Work of Art” in 2009. In 2010 she attended the prestigious Skowhegan School, a visual arts residency in Maine. See more at

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