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Posted on October 16, 2012
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
Building upon the Museum’s eight-decade tradition of fostering cinematic innovation and experimentation, Modern Mondays invites artists working in the expanded field of film, video, performance, and sound to present their work in an intimate setting. A platform for both emerging artists and pioneering figures who have changed the way we think about the moving image, this series premieres new projects and rediscovers landmark works. Considering avant-garde narratives from the 21st century, the program also celebrates legacies of influential historical figures in a contemporary context. Each evening presents a unique opportunity for audiences to engage in dialogue with artists, along with curators and other guests.
An Evening with Jonathas De Andrade
Monday, April 10, 7:00 p.m., T2
Jonathas De Andrade is a contemporary artist based in Recife, the state capital of Brazil’s northeastern region, a city marked by the contrast between its peasant class and rural traditions, on the one hand, and its status as a quickly developing industrial center and film capital on the other. Working with installation, photography, and video, De Andrade explores the multiple experiences of the city, continuously involving the audience in the process of narrative construction. De Andrade, whose The Uprising (O Levante) is included in the exhibition Unfinished Conversations: New Works from the Collection, will join Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator in the Museum’s Department of Media and Performance Art, for a discussion about recent and upcoming work.
An Evening with Ian Cheng
Monday, April 24, 7:00 p.m, T2
This screening and discussion with Ian Cheng marks the completion of his Emissaries trilogy, recently acquired by MoMA, and on view at MoMA PS1, April 9–September 10, 2017. Emissaries comprises a trio of Cheng’s “live simulations,” animations that explore the evolution of cognition and the ecological conditions that shape it. Composed of three interconnected episodes, Cheng’s trilogy centers on the lives of emissary figures who attempt to enact narrative goals within a simulated ecology, a volcanic landscape that evolves from the ancient past to the distant future. Using video game engines, Cheng produces a non-looping, infinitely generating series of visual combinations with infinite duration and variability. Eschewing the fidelity to photorealistic imagery often prioritized in digital image production, Cheng’s simulations map behavioral movements that unfold in real time and result in an entirely new approach to image making. The screening is followed by a discussion with the artist and a range of speakers, moderated by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.
An Evening with Molly Lowe
Monday, May 8, 7:00 p.m., T2
Molly Lowe, a New York–based filmmaker, sculptor, painter, and performance artist, presents the theatrical premieres of her recent films Redwood (2016, commissioned by Pioneer Works) and Formed (2013). In Redwood, a sensuous intermingling of sci-fi conjecture and family portraiture, masks and ritualistic movements—like those in Japanese Noh theater and the films of Maya Deren—are a stylized rictus of pleasure, fear, and pain. What endures, Lowe asks, when our bodies age and our minds become a tangle of memory and desire? What do we pass on to our daughters and granddaughters through our genes and through the stories we tell? Formed is a Surrealist grotesquerie involving squishy eggs, Spandex, and a wayward computer mouse; protuberant sticky tongues and cavernous orifices; cries of joy and sadness; and bodies groping, yearning, and pratfalling in the limelight.
Organized by the Department of Film and the Department of Media and Performance Art.