MoMA Announces Upcoming Events for 'Modern Mondays'


MoMA has announced the following upcoming events for Modern Mondays:

An Evening with Michael Snow
April 9, 7:00 p.m.
The legendary film/mediamaker, visual artist, musician, and unconventional storyteller Michael Snow (Canadian, b. 1929) views his own work in terms of longstanding themes transparency, temporal abstraction, formation through layering, discontinuity, framing, and the active role of the perceiver. Snow will discuss two of his slide installations that were recently acquired by the Museum. In Slidelength(1969-71), hands holding rectangular sheets of colored plastic, canted and tilted at angles, create geometric and prismatic patterns that recall electrified variations of color and texture. Sink (1970) articulates how any physical subject (in this case, the paint splattered slop sink in Snow's studio) is "reduced" to patterns of light when projected. Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art. 

An Evening with My Barbarian
April 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Los Angeles-based performance collective My Barbarian—Malik Gaines (American, b. 1973), Jade Gordon (American, b. 1975), and Alexandro Segade (American, b. 1973)—combine their eclectic background in theater, theory, and contemporary art to create incisive, campy, site-specific plays, concerts, theatrical situations, and video installations. All three group members will be present to discuss their most recent works. The evening is presented in conjunction with theWords in the World performance program. Organized by Ana Janevski, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art. 

An Evening with Adam Pendleton and Lorraine O'Grady
April 23, 7:00 p.m.
Over the past half decade Adam Pendleton (b. Richmond, Virginia, 1984) has created language-based silkscreens, video, and performances that critically investigate issues of identity, queerness, and power structures, using appropriated images, texts, and cultural clichés from a broad range of sources to re-imagine political and social realities. In his well-known Black Dada (2008-ongoing) and System of Display (2008-ongoing) series, he "associates" the figures of poets and Conceptual artists, while repeatedly staging dialogues between the 20th century avant-gardes and the history of black politics. Lorraine O'Grady (b. American, 1934) is an artist and critic whose installations, performances, and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. O'Grady first rose to prominence with her guerilla performances as Mlle. Bourgeoise Noire (1980-83), in which she invaded art openings dressed in debutante white, beating herself with flowers and reciting verses that highlighted the segregated nature of the art world. Pendleton will present a live "portrait" of O'Grady structured through a scripted conversation that upends normative uses of language and the re-presentation of O'Grady's work. The evening is presented in conjunction with the Words in the World performance program. Organized by Ana Janevski, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art. 

An Evening with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne
April 30, 7:00 p.m.
In conjunction with their installation 9 Scripts from a Nation at War—a recent MoMA acquisition that is currently on view in the Media Gallery—and the upcoming Combatant Status Review Tribunals performances on April 27 and 28, the artists Andrea Geyer (German, b. 1971), Sharon Hayes (American, b. 1970), Ashley Hunt (American, b. 1970), Katya Sander (Danish, b. 1970), and David Thorne (American, b. 1960) will discuss their work and collaborative practice. The evening is presented in conjunction with the Words in the World performance program. Organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art. 

Tickets: $12 adults; $10 seniors, 65 years and over with I.D.; $8 full–time students with current I.D. (For admittance to film programs only.) The price of a film ticket may be applied toward the price of a Museum admission ticket when a film ticket stub is presented at the Lobby Information Desk within 30 days of the date on the stub (does not apply during Target Free Friday Nights, 4:00–8:00 p.m.). Admission is free for Museum members and for Museum ticketholders.

Modern Mondays is a program that brings contemporary, innovative film and moving-image works to the public and provides a forum for viewers to engage in dialogue and debate with contemporary filmmakers and artists. Modern Mondays presents new—and newly rediscovered—film and media works with the director in attendance, stimulating discourse, dialogue, and interaction in a social setting.

Organized by the Department of Film and the Department of Media and Performance Art. Coordinated by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, and Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art. 

Modern Mondays is made possible by Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro. Additional support is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

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