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Modern Mondays


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.

Organized by the Department of Film and the Department of Media and Performance Art.

Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2

Shannon Plumb (American, 1970) becomes a literal one-woman show when she stars as all of the characters in her humorous, often caustic short films. She weaves her life as an artist, wife, and mother into these comedic works, morphing the ordinary into the astonishing by channeling the physicality of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Lucille Ball. There is also a charming low-tech aesthetic in Plumb’s work, particularly with her preference for Super 8mm film and handmade costumes and props. But the payoff is sophisticated, shrewd, and wholly original, offering deft commentary on fashion, domesticity, body image, and the curious world of contemporary art.

In 2013 Plumb’s first feature film, Towheads, a self-assured visualization of modern-day motherly responsibility, premiered in MoMA’s New Directors/New Films festival. Plumb again played all of the key roles, defining her fictional characters using wigs, stuck-on mustaches, and the nobility of a woman pushed to the edge by two young sons and a distant husband. Many of these familial themes are persistent in Plumb’s work—a result of her constant intertwining of real life and art making.

Shannon Plumb joins us to screen several of her films—including Rattles and CherriesRollercoaster, and Olympics—and premiere a performance from her new work Chopped Liver.

An Evening with Candy Kugel
Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2

In Candy Kugel’s new film I, Candy (2018), the process of deconstructing a childhood drawing triggers the artist’s reflections on a personal history with anti-Semitism, political activism, and life choices affected by luck and determination. Displaying an encyclopedic range of animation techniques with remarkable dexterity, I, Candy is a testament to Kugel’s pioneering 45-year career in the field. Animation artist and historian John Canemaker joins Kugel to discuss her legacy as a woman artist in the traditionally male business of independent animation in New York.

An Evening with Tamer El Said
Monday, April 30, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2
The filmmaker joins us for a discussion of the occasion of MoMA’s weeklong run of his In the Last Days of the City.
An Evening with Tiona Nekkia McClodden

Mon, May 7, 6:30 p.m., Theater 2

Tiona Nekkia McClodden’s work addresses collective histories of black and queer identity and cultural production by weaving together the personal, historical, and mythic. McClodden premieres her film Dom Drop (2017), along with a selection of recent video projects.

An Evening with Camille Henrot
Mon, May 14, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2

Camille Henrot presents the US premiere of Saturday, a 3-D film that plunges the viewer into a world of biological distress and human ritual.

 An Evening with Omar Mismar
Mon, May 21, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2
Artist Omar Mismar will show recent works that address the promises and pitfalls of translation—linguistic, technological, political, and philosophical—in conversation with writer and translator Omar Berrada and art historian Anneka Lenssen.
An Evening with Anand Patwardhan
Mon, Jun 4, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2
In conjunction with a weeklong MoMA run of his most recent film, Jai Bhim Comrade (2011), award-winning Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan presents clips and discusses the peculiar challenges confronting documentary cinema today.
An Evening with Frances Stark
Mon, Jun 18, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2
Frances Stark presents the New York City premiere of her film The Magic Flute, an experimental adaptation of Mozart’s 1791 opera. The film features animated text and an updated version of Mozart’s composition performed by an orchestra of musicians between the ages of 10 and 19.
An Evening with Karimah Ashadu
Mon, Jun 25, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2
In conjunction with the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, British-Nigerian artist Karimah Ashadu presents recent moving-image work about the intricate relationships between identity, place, and the construction of selfhood.

Modern Mondays

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Modern Mondays


Posted on October 16, 2012


Modern Mondays