MoMA Announces February Events
Glamour Vérité-Paris/Hollywood: Cinema's Pour Vous Magazine, 1928-1940
February 6-August 12
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater Galleries
For over 100 years, glamour and celebrity have been used to promote film in countless fan magazines around the world. Singular among them was Pour Vous, published weekly in France from the arrival of sound film in 1928 to the start of the Second World War. An offshoot of the conservative daily newspaper L'Intransigeant (1880-1940), its tabloid size, bold use of photography, and broad-ranging editorial content significantly distinguished it from counterparts in the United States. While Pour Vous aggressively embraced the American star system, it also offered alternative images of race and gender, glimpses of a developing world cinema, and considerations of film history and aesthetics that anticipated ways of thinking about the moving image that later blossomed in postwar France of the 1940s and 1950s. This exhibition includes over 100 star-studded Pour Vous covers and spreads, all drawn from the Department of Film collection, that document an overlooked chapter of cinema history.
Conversations: Among Friends, Featuring Thelma Golden and Glenn D. Lowry
Thursday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Presented by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art as part of the series Conversations: Among Friends, this evening's program features a conversation between Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art. Golden and Lowry will examine how institutions document movements, artistic communities, and artists' histories on the occasion of the MoMA PS1 exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. A reception follows.
Tickets ($35) can be purchased on moma.org, through the Friends of Education office, and at the lobby information desk and the film desk.
Now Dig This! From Los Angeles to New York Symposium
Friday, February 8, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
In conjunction with the MoMA PS1 exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, this full-day symposium explores the relationship and parallels between the African American artistic communities in Los Angeles and New York through examining the social and cultural atmosphere of the 1970s in both cities, the significance of the Just Above Midtown artist space to the New York community, and the influences these artists have on their contemporaries. The program ends with a special performance by artist Maren Hassinger, with a reception to follow. Participants include exhibition curator Kellie Jones, with scholars C. Ondine Chavoya and Komozi Woodard, curators Franklin Sirmans, Naima Keith, and Kalia Brooks, and filmmaker and founder of Just Above Midtown Linda Goode Bryant. Participating artists include Lorraine O'Grady, Ulysses Jenkins, Senga Nengudi, Steffani Jemison, Xaviera Simmons, Sanford Biggers, Hank Willis Thomas, Kira Harris, and Maren Hassinger.
Tickets ($12, $8 members and corporate members, $5 students and seniors) can be purchased in advance at moma.org or at the information desk in the main lobby, the film desk, or at the film desk on the day of the program.
Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth
February 17-June 24
The Michael H. Dunn Gallery, second floor
The artistic practice of Dieter Roth (Swiss, b. Germany, 1930-1998) encompassed everything from painting and sculpture to film and video, but it is arguably through his editioned works-prints, books, and multiples-that he made his most radical contributions. These experiments include the use of organic materials in lieu of traditional mediums, including book-sausages filled with ground paper in place of meat, and multiples of plastic toys mired in melted chocolate, as well as a dazzling array of variations on printed postcards.
An Evening with Charles Atlas
Monday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
New York-based media artist Charles Atlas (American, b. 1949) discusses his creative development, the intertwining of social scenes and art, and his preoccupation with process. Since the early 1970s, Atlas has collaborated with artists, musicians, and dancers-Merce Cunningham, Antony and The Johnsons, Michael Clark, and Mika Tajima, to name just a few-to create films, video installations, and live events that explore "in-between states of identity." He discusses his recent work, including Joints Array (2011), Ocean (2011), and, most recently, 143652 (2012), in which numbers move across a wall-sized projection as if in a digital ballet.
Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich
Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 p.m.
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1
In conjunction with Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925, Bang on a Can performs a pair of concerts that reveal how pioneering European composers of 100 years ago forever changed the music in New York. Each concert pairs two composers-an early-20th-century innovator, and a New Yorker they influenced. The music is performed by alumni and faculty of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a program dedicated entirely to the creation, study, and performance of the most adventurous music of our time. This evening, the first in the series, features works by Claude Debussy and Steve Reich. It is a rare performance of the chamber ensemble arrangement of Debussy's landmark orchestra piece Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, which was made by one of Schoenberg's students for his private performing society in Vienna; plus two Reich classics, Electric Counterpoint and Different Trains. Following the concert, Steve Reich joins David Lang for a conversation.
Tickets ($10, $8 members and corporate members, $5 students and seniors) can be purchased at moma.org or at the information desk in the main lobby, at the film desk, or in the Education and Research Building lobby on the evening of the program.