Maria Hassabi: PLASTIC

Maria Hassabi’s PLASTIC, a commissioned performance and exhibition she terms a live installation, explores the tension between stillness and sustained movement.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Sunday 21 February 2016 to Sunday 20 March 2016

Maria Hassabi: PLASTIC image

Published by MOMA on Wednesday 25 November 2015.
Contact the publisher.

Occupying the staircase leading from the ground floor into the MoMA’s Marron Atrium, the atrium itself, and the staircase between the fourth- and fifth-floor Painting and Sculpture Galleries, PLASTIC features dancers moving at a glacial pace in an extended choreographed loop, oscillating between motion and stillness. Through the use of prolonged duration, PLASTIC explores the blurred lines between still image, sculptural object, and video loop, and creates an iconic tableau of a body simultaneously resting, falling, and in a state of transition.

Maria Hassabi (Cyprus, b. 1973) is a New York–based artist and choreographer. Over the years she has developed a distinct choreographic practice involved with the relation of the body to the still image and sculptural object. Her works draw their strength from the tension between the human subject and the artistic object—the dancer as a performer and as a physical entity. Her works, which have been presented worldwide in theaters, festivals, museums, galleries, and public-spaces and include PREMIERE (2013), INTERMISSION (2013), Counter-Relief (2011–13), SHOW (2011), Robert and Maria (2010), SoloShow (2009), Solo (2009), GLORIA (2007), Still Smoking (2006), Dead Is Dead (2004), and LIGHTS (2001). She has also created several short-form pieces, art installations including A Dance without Dance (2015); CHANDELIERS (2012), and the short film THE LADIES (2012).

Maria Hassabi: PLASTIC is co-commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

The exhibition is organized at MoMA by Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator, with Martha Joseph, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.

Major support for the MoMA presentation is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation and by The Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions.

Generous funding is provided by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.