Fall performance program at MoMA and MoMA PS1

Fall performance program at MoMA and MoMA PS1

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) / MoMA PS1

James Lee Byars, The Mile-Long Paper Walk, 1965. Rehearsal in studio, Jimmy Robert, 2014. Photo: Jimmy Robert.

September 4, 2014

Fall performance program

The Museum of Modern Art 

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The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Media and Performance Art and MoMA PS1 are pleased to announce the fall performance program—and a new chapter of collaboration between the two institutions. Looking ahead, the shared program will provide a renewed forum for live art as the two institutions work closely with artists to present new commissions, research, projects, residencies, exhibitions and performances that engage the collection and history of MoMA and MoMA PS1 and champion the process-oriented, collaborative, and interdisciplinary character of 21st-century art making.

MoMA Department of Media and Performance Art fall performance program:
Trajal Harrell: In one step are a thousand animals / The Practice
September 4–5, 2014
During his two-year Annenberg Research Commission Residency project at MoMA, dancer and choreographer Trajal Harrell (American, b. 1973) will critically explore the history and interpretation of contemporary dance through an examination of the oeuvre of choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata (Japanese, 1928–1986). The project starts with The Practice, in which Harrell will offer insights into his working methods, inviting participation from internationally renowned musicians, composers, singers, and dancers.

James Lee Byars: The Mile-Long Paper Walk (1965/2014), Four in a Dress (1967/2014):  Dress for Two (1969)
September 7, 2014
Three of James Lee Byars’s (American, 1932–1997) most influential performance works will be presented at MoMA, building on his long history with the Museum. The performances, held in conjunction with the MoMA PS1 exhibition James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography, highlight Byars’s innovative work in fabric, costumes, and paper, which include key performative dimensions. The Mile-Long Paper Walk will be performed by Jimmy Robert (French, b. 1975); it was originally performed by Lucinda Childs (American, b. 1940), who provided choreographic instruction for this performance.

Charles Gaines: Manifestos 2
September 27, 2014
The live performance of Charles Gaines’s Manifestos 2 (2013) will be premiered in conjunction with the exhibition Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions, currently on view at MoMA. The artist has translated language from four influential speeches or manifestos into musical notation, arranged by Sean Griffin and performed by a nine-piece ensemble. This program is presented in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem and coincides with their exhibition Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989.

MoMA PS1 live program:

Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy
October 2–December 1, 2014
This landmark exhibition of gesture and speech highlights the canonical career of choreographer Xavier Le Roy (French, b. 1963). Over the course of two months, more than a decade’s worth of solo work will be continuously recycled and transformed by a team of local performers in the MoMA PS1 galleries, while visitors are invited to experience the varying ways we use, consume,  or produce time.

Sunday Sessions
Sunday Sessions is a renowned weekly presentation of performance, moving image, sound, dance, and discursive programs embracing live arts as an integral aspect of contemporary art. The fall program includes a solo performance by Xavier Le Roy, Product of Circumstances; an electronic music festival, Sound / Source, structured around the work of seminal composer Paul Lanksy; The Return of Schizo-Culture, a program of performance, music and readings presented by Semiotext(e) on the occasion of the legendary publisher’s 40th anniversary; and the US premiere of Dinos Chapman‘s performance of his debut album Luftbobler.

New commission: Anne Imhof
January 11, 2015
For the third consecutive year, MoMA PS1 has commissioned a new work by an emerging international artist. In her inaugural US solo project, Anne Imhof (German, b. 1978) will work with a group of performers, composers, and lawyers to reveal the relations between dominance and submission and slowness and passivity through structural motives in space. The result is a picture gradually emerging in time.

The performance program is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Trajal Harrell’s Research Commission Residency is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy was originally organized by the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona at the invitation of Laurence Rassel, Artistic Director, Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

Retrospective is presented at MoMA PS1 as part of Crossing the Line 2014, a festival created and organized by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

The presentation at MoMA PS1 is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), and the Institut français within the framework of the TransARTE program.

Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

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