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MoMA Announces May and June Exhibitions -WHO CARES IF IT'S PAINTING?, MODERN MONDAYS and More

MoMA Announces May and June Exhibitions -WHO CARES IF IT'S PAINTING?, MODERN MONDAYS and More





The Museum of Modern Art announces its May and June events and exhibitions.



Who Cares If It's Painting?

Thursday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2



Organized in conjunction with Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, this panel discussion explores key aspects of Sigmar Polke's cross-disciplinary approach and its significance for artists working today. Panelists include artists Frances Stark, Carroll Dunham, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ken Okiishi, and Glenn Ligon. Moderated by Kathy Halbreich, exhibition curator and Associate Director, MoMA.



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Modern Mondays: An Evening with Patty Chang and David Kelley

Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2



Patty Chang and David Kelley join us to discuss their collaborative video work Flotsam Jetsam (2007)-which is currently on view at MoMA-and a selection of other projects. While the pair work across a wide range of mediums and disciplines, from sculpture, drawing, and photography to film, performance, and new media, at the core of their collaboration is the intersection of site and the imaginary.



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Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988

May 10-August 24, 2014

The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor

Press Preview: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.



The Museum of Modern Art presents a major retrospective devoted to the art of Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920-1988), the first comprehensive exhibition in North America of her work. Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988 comprises nearly 300 works made between the late 1940s and her death in 1988. Drawn from public and private collections, including MoMA's own, this survey is organized around three key themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism, and the "abandonment" of art. Each of these axes anchors a significant concept or a constellation of works that mark a definitive step in Clark's career. While Clark's legacy in Brazil is profound, this exhibition draws international attention to her work. By bringing together all parts of her radical production, the exhibition seeks to reintroduce her into current discourses of abstraction, participation, and a therapeutic art practice.



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MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me

May 16-June 29

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Mezzanine



Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988, MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me is an interactive space that explores the intersections between art, therapeutic practice, and the ways in which we relate to objects and people through physical encounters. Taking the work of Lygia Clark as a reference point, the Studio presents a series of drop-in programs, participatory experiences, and artist-led workshops that reveal the profound resonance Clark's work has had on contemporary artists. Collaborating artists include Allison Smith, Ricardo Basbaum, Michel Groisman, and others.



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Modern Mondays: An Evening with Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz, Pauline Oliveros, and Gregg Bordowitz

Monday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2



In 1970, composer Pauline Oliveros read Valerie Solanas's now infamous SCUM Manifesto (1967). Inspired by the text, Oliveros composed a score, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation, which tasked performers to make autonomous choices about pitch, rhythm, and tone, and to simultaneously respond to the dynamics of the group. Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz's eponymous work, from 2013, consists of a 16mm film installation portraying a performance of Oliveros's score. Shot in a single continuous take, the camera asserts itself as an additional performer of sorts, zooming and roving unconventionally to offer up new angles on filmic, musical, and performative forms, and their possible interrelation. Boudry and Lorenz will present their film, followed by an onstage discussion with Pauline Oliveros, moderated by Gregg Bordowitz.



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CONTACT! at the Biennial: Beyond Recall

Thursday, May 29, and Saturday, May 31, 10:00 p.m.

The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby



From May 28 to June 7, 2014, the New York Philharmonic will present the inaugural NY Phil Biennial, a kaleidoscopic exploration of today's music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers that will showcase an array of curatorial voices through concerts presented with partners in venues both on and off the Lincoln Center campus. Conductor-composer Matthias Pintscher conducts and curates Beyond Recall, a collection of 11 works, each inspired by a work of art residing in Salzburg created through the Kunstprojekt Salzburg (Salzburg Art Project), which brings contemporary art to the Austrian city's public spaces. The program of all U.S. premieres will be performed by New York Philharmonic musicians as part of CONTACT!, the Philharmonic's new-music series. Taking place on May 29 and 31, 2014, at The Museum of Modern Art's Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, these performances of Beyond Recall are a co-presentation of the New York Philharmonic and The Museum of Modern Art for the NY Phil Biennial.



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Contemporary Art Forum

Friday, May 30, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building



This half-day conference explores the curative properties of both engaging with and making objects in the creative field. Looking at the work of contemporary artists and the larger field of art therapy, the program delves into our relationship with objects through the lenses of anthropology, psychology, therapy, and the arts.



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Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions

June 11-September 28, 2014

Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor



Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions brings together two generations of artists engaged with spatial intervention and the redistribution of information. Featuring works by Eve Fowler, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra with Nancy Holt, Allen Ruppersberg, Seth Price, Liz Deschenes, Charles Gaines, Emily Roysdon, Matt Mullican, and Peter Downsbrough, the exhibition presents recently acquired installations that employ image, text, gesture, and voice to contemplate links between aesthetic and social systems and to question notions of selfhood.



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