Mpa: Red In View

Since relocating to the California desert in 2013, artist MPA (b. 1980; Redding, CA) has been immersed in a multi-year inquiry into the future colonization of Mars, often known as the red planet. In RED IN VIEW the artist looks at Mars as a place for settlement and a resource for our own endangered planet, as well as a site of possible human origin.

Art Exhibition previously on at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, United States.
From Friday 11 November 2016 to Monday 27 February 2017

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By reflecting on histories of colonization, RED IN VIEW raises questions of militarism and patriarchy, prompting us to examine our own, often subconscious, colonizing behaviors. In MPA’s on-going research sources such as mythology, psychic accounts, and personal narratives become credible authorities. RED IN VIEW unfolds in four movements throughout the museum. The exhibition begins in the lobby gallery and extends to the theater in February for a culminating performance. Over the course of ten continuous days, MPA and artists Malin Arnell and Amapola Prada perform Orbit, living in the narrow space between the windowpanes of the theater. The space becomes an artificial biosphere: an enclosed, self-sustaining habitat, modeled after an environment where the first settlers on Mars would likely reside.

RED IN VIEW is organized by Jay Sanders, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance and Greta Hartenstein, Senior Curatorial Assistant, with Allie Tepper, Curatorial Project Assistant.

Aspects of the exhibition will be on view through February 27, 2017 in the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery, on the Museum’s first floor, which is accessible to the public free-of-charge.

MOVEMENTS
I. Prelude
November 11, December 9, and January 13 (7–10 pm), Lobby and Lobby Gallery
A periodic live appearance in the gallery by two Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos.

II. The Interview
November 11–February 27, Lobby Gallery
The interview is active. You are invited to pick up the phone.

III. Orbit
February 9–19, Floor Three, Hess Family Theater
A test. MPA, with artists Malin Arnell and Amapola Prada, inhabit the narrow space between the windowpanes of the theater, overlooking the Hudson River. For twenty-four hours a day over the course of ten days, the space becomes an artificial biosphere: an enclosed, self-sustaining habitat, modeled after an environment where the first settlers on Mars would likely reside. The participants’ conditions emulate those of astronauts orbiting the earth: sleeping in ninety-minute periods and receiving messages on a delay. Everything is recorded and live-edited for Orbit TV, the final document of the trial.

IV. Assembly
February 19, Floor Three, Hess Family Theater
MPA hosts the dramatic live finale of Orbit. This one-night theater event orchestrates a culminating series of actions including a recap of highlights from the experience, and a conversation between Orbit’s inhabitants, Ground Control, and a panel of peer artists whose expertise spans ecofeminism, drag, performance and futurism.