Spring Performance Festival

On April 15, MoMA PS1 will present an all-day celebration of New York City’s performance scene featuring more than 35 artists, alongside the opening of a slate of new exhibitions including Julia Phillips: Failure Detection, Projects 108: Gauri Gill, and Fernando Palma Rodríguez. Presented in collaboration with Brooklyn-based, artist-run space Secret Project Robot, the performance festival highlights work that intersects music, art, and nightlife, including solo and collaborative projects, improvisational theater, live music, and durational performances. The Spring Performance Festival is free and open to the public, marking the culmination of the VW Sunday Sessions season.

The festival highlights artists who first found an outlet for their work, as well as camaraderie and resources, within the city’s alternative spaces. These artists continue to present experimental projects and support the community that fostered their personal and creative identities. Emceed by Horrorchata and Merrie Cherry of BUSHWIG, the festival includes music performances in the VW Dome by Bottoms, Bunny Michael, Macy Rodman, Jennifer Vanilla, and DJ Dog Dick. Interspersed between these performances, FLUCT will premiere a new video work and Kathleen Dycaico will present a series of performances featuring Soojin Chang, DeVonn Francis, Sophia Park, and Kellan Delice. Throughout the building, visitors will encounter pop-up music, performance, and interventions, including performances by Somos Monstros, a collaborative project from Raúl de Nieves and Erik Zajaceskowski; a new durational play by Bushwick-based theatre group Saints of an Unnamed Country, directed by Cameron Stuart and Danielle Pomorski; a six-hour recital by Frank Hurricane; music by Invisible Circle and Dean Cercone; and DJ sets by DJ Bebe and DJ Adi. The program concludes with a rare performance by experimental band Black Dice, who are returning to New York after a five year absence.