Performance Exhibition Series

The Museum of Modern Art continues its Performance Exhibition Series with a range of performances taking place during January and February 2011.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in United States.
From Thursday 13 January 2011 to Friday 04 February 2011

Ralph Lemon (American, born 1952)
Come Home Charley Patton from The Geography Trilogy. 2004 image Trisha Brown Dance Company. image Xavier Le Roy (French, born 1963) image Xavier Le Roy (French, born 1963) image Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Belgian, born 1960) and Thierry De Mey (Belgian, born 1956)
Still from Top Shot, 2002. image Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Belgian, born 1960) and Thierry De Mey (Belgian, born 1956)
Still from Top Shot, 2002. image Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Belgian, born 1960) and Thierry De Mey (Belgian, born 1956)
Still from Top Shot, 2002. image Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Belgian, born 1960) and Thierry De Mey (Belgian, born 1956)
Still from Top Shot, 2002. image Marie Cool (French, born 1961) and Fabio Balducci (Italian, born 1964)
Untitled, 2006 image Marie Cool (French, born 1961) and Fabio Balducci (Italian, born 1964)
Untitled, 2006 image Marie Cool (French, born 1961) and Fabio Balducci (Italian, born 1964)
Untitled, 2006 image Alison Knowles. image Jennifer Allora (American, born 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuban, born 1972).
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano. 2008. image Jennifer Allora (American, born 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuban, born 1972).
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano. 2008. image Jennifer Allora (American, born 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuban, born 1972).
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano. 2008. image Jennifer Allora (American, born 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuban, born 1972).
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano. 2008. image Jennifer Allora (American, born 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuban, born 1972).
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano. 2008. image Jennifer Allora (American, born 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Cuban, born 1972).
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano. 2008. image

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The Identical Lunch, a performance by Alison Knowles held in conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Art from the Collection, will take place twice a week between January 13 and February 4 in MoMA’s Cafe 2.

A program of live performance and dance, featuring the work of such notable figures as Trisha Brown and Ralph Lemon, will take place in MoMA’s Marron Atrium in conjunction with the exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century.

Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, an exhibition of photographs of performative actions drawn from MoMA’s collection, opens on January 28 and brings together performances from the last 50 years that were specifically created for the camera.

Continuing through January 10, Allora & Calzadilla’s Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano will be performed daily in MoMA’s Marron Atrium. Complete information on each of the exhibitions is below.

PERFORMANCE EXHIBITION SERIES

Performance 10: Alison Knowles

January 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, and February 3 and 4 Cafe 2, second floor

In conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Art from the Collection, Alison Knowles is inviting Museum visitors to have an “identical lunch” with her, as a performance piece, on select dates in January and February in MoMA’s Cafe 2. Knowles conceived of The Identical Lunch in the late 1960s, when her friend and fellow Fluxus artist Philip Corner noticed that she ate the same lunch every day: “a tuna fish sandwich on wheat toast with butter and lettuce, no mayo, and a cup of soup or glass of buttermilk.” Turning this habit into a performance, she asked friends to try the same lunch, often at a local diner, and to write about their experiences. The project has evolved to include communal meals served by Knowles along with artist’s books gathering photographs and participants’ descriptions of the events. For the MoMA performance, participants must sign up for the event on MoMA’s website, MoMA.org. Registration begins January 3 at 9:30 a.m. Space is limited; lunch will be free with Museum admission. The exhibition is organized by Kathy Halbreich, Associate Director, and Christophe Cherix, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art.

PERFORMANCES 11–15: On Line

January–February 2011

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium The dancing body has long been a subject matter for drawing, as seen in a variety of works included in the exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, currently on view on the Museum’s sixth floor. These documentations show dance in two dimensions, allowing it to be seen in a gallery setting. But if one considers line as the trace of a point in motion—an idea at the core of this project—the act of dance itself becomes a drawing, an insertion of drawing into the time and three-dimensional space of our lived world. In conjunction with the exhibition, and as part of MoMA’s ongoing Performance Exhibition Series, these programs of live performance and dance are organized by the exhibition’s curators, Connie Butler and Catherine de Zegher, with Jenny Schlenzka, Assistant Curator for Performance, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art.
All performances take place in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, and are included with admission to the Museum. MoMA will be posting updates and information on the Performance Exhibition Series on Facebook and Twitter.

Performance 11: On Line/Trisha Brown Dance Company

Sticks (1973); Scallops (1973); Locus Solo (1975); and Roof Piece Re-Layed (2011) (based on Roof Piece 1971)

Performed on January 12, 15, and 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Choreographer Trisha Brown (American, b. 1936) experiments with space, gravity, and the orientation of the body. She was an essential contributor to the development of postmodern dance, an innovation associated with New York’s Judson Dance Theater in 1962–64. At MoMA the Trisha Brown Dance Company, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010, will perform the early works Sticks (1973), Scallops (1973), and Locus Solo (1975), and the premiere of Roof Piece Re-Layed (2011), which is based on Roof Piece (1971). Approximate program length: 60 minutes.

Performance 12: On Line/Marie Cool and Fabio Balducci

Selected untitled works (2004–09)

Performed on January 17, 19, and 20, throughout the day
The work of Marie Cool (French, b. 1961) and Fabio Balducci (Italian, b. 1964) is rooted less in the tradition of performance art than in sculpture, painting, and drawing. Their actions are composed from an inventory of simple, reductive gestures initiated by the physical properties of ordinary materials, such as string, paper, or a piece of Scotch tape. Their work will be on view continuously throughout their three-day appearance at MoMA.

Performance 13: On Line/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Violin Phase from Fase: Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982)

Performed on January 22 and 23, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Belgian, b. 1960) is one of the most prominent choreographers in contemporary dance. Throughout her career she has focused on the relationship between music and dance and also repeatedly ventured into the realms of text and visual art. The minimalist music of composer Steve Reich (American, b. 1936) inspired De Keersmaeker’s seminal work Fase: Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982). She will perform “Violin Phase" (an excerpt from Fase), dancing on sand, her movements creating a large circular drawing on the Marron Atrium floor. Approximate program length: 16 minutes.

Performance 14: On Line/Ralph Lemon

Untitled (2008), with Okwui Okpokwasili

Performed on January 26, 29, and 30, at 3:00 p.m.

New York–based artist Ralph Lemon (American, b. 1952) works across the disciplines of dance, film, and visual arts. In Untitled (2008), which Lemon created for himself and longtime collaborator Okwui Okpokwasili (American, b. 1972), he explores the body’s ability to push beyond technique and training, exhaustion and exhilaration, to movements unfettered by control, rationality, and reflex. The result is a quiet and harrowing duet that investigates connection and division between two bodies. Approximate length: 40 minutes.

Performance 15: On Line/Xavier Le Roy

Self Unfinished (1998), a collaboration with Laurent Golding, to recorded music by Diana Ross.

Performed on February 2, 5, and 6, 5:30 p.m.

Over the last decade, choreographer Xavier Le Roy (French, b. 1963) has opened up new perspectives in the world of dance. Trained as a molecular biologist, he approaches his work scientifically, starting with a single idea or question. He will present his groundbreaking work Self Unfinished (1998), conceived in collaboration with Laurent Golding, which is concerned with the representation of the body; in it he morphs through bodily configurations, deviating as far as possible from an identifiable human figure. Approximate length: 55 minutes.
Seating for the performance is limited. Reservations are required. See MoMA.org/performance15 for details. The performance contains nudity.