Advance Schedule of Exhibitions for MoMA & MoMA PS1
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September 24, 2017–January 2018
Floor Three, Exhibition Galleries, and Floor Two, Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium
Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait explores the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre, a little-known aspect of her work, is vast in scope and comprises some 1,400 printed compositions, created primarily in the last two decades of her life but also at the beginning of her career, in the 1940s. The Museum of Modern Art has a prized archive of this material, and the exhibition will highlight works from the collection along with rarely seen loans. A special installation will fill the Museum’s Atrium.
The artist’s creative process is the organizing principle behind the exhibition. Over the course of her career, Bourgeois constantly revisited the themes of her art, all of which emerged from emotions she struggled with for a lifetime. Also, she said there was no “rivalry” between the mediums in which she worked, noting that “they say the same thing in different ways.” Here, her prints and illustrated books will be seen in the context of related sculptures, drawings, and paintings, and within thematic groupings that explore motifs of architecture, the body, and nature, as well as investigations of abstraction and works made from old garments and household fabrics. In addition, the evolving states and variants of her prints will be emphasized in order to reveal Bourgeois’s creative thinking as it unfolded.
Bringing together some 220 works, the exhibition celebrates the Museum’s archive of Bourgeois prints as well as the completion of the online catalogue raisonné, Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books, available now in process at moma.org/bourgeoisprints, and ultimately documenting over 4,600 printed sheets in all.
Organized by Deborah Wye, Chief Curator Emerita, Prints and Illustrated Books, with Sewon Kang, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.
The exhibition is supported by the Annual Exhibition Fund.
October 2018 – January 2019
Floor Six, Exhibition Galleries
The Museum of Modern Art and Schaulager, Basel, announce their collaboration on a full retrospective devoted to the work of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941). Opening at Schaulager in March 2018 and traveling to The Museum of Modern Art in October of that year, the exhibition will be the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work across all mediums in over 20 years, and will build upon the rich holdings of the two organizing institutions. Covering his entire career, from the earliest fully realized sculptures of 1965 to his most recent work, the exhibition will provide an opportunity to experience Nauman’s command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and neon, to performance, video, film, sculpture, and large-scale installations—including Days (2009), a 14-channel sound installation for which Nauman won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the Venice Biennial in 2009.
Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager, Basel.
The exhibition is organized by Kathy Halbreich, Associate Director and Laurenz Foundation Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with Heidi Naef, Senior Curator, Schaulager, Basel, and Isabel Friedli, Curator, Schaulager, Basel, Magnus Schaefer, Assistant Curator, and Taylor Walsh, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is made possible by Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager, Basel.
Generous funding is provided by Ellen and William Taubman.
Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.
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 Laida Lertxundi
Monday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. T2
Artist and filmmaker Laida Lertxundi presents the New York premiere of her film 025 Sunset Red (2016), along with a survey of earlier films. Working in 16mm film, Lertxundi combines filmic records of people and places with a strong emphasis on sound and pop music, resulting in languid passages of cinematic language, bodily desire, and existential awareness. Lertxundi’s cinema of feeling has become one of the most influential bodies of film work to emerge since the 2000s. The screening is followed by a conversation between Lertxundi and Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.
An Evening with James Coleman
Monday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. T2
James Coleman is renowned for his conceptual experiments with memory and perception, which examine the status of images and their mediation through time. Coleman’s influential work with film and video since the 1970s has become a touchstone for discussions of visual postmodernism and contemporary image culture. Despite being an influence on countless artists, Coleman’s work remains underseen in the United States. This special screening presents Coleman’s film Retake with Evidence (2007), which was originally shown as an installation in Documenta 12. Starring Harvey Keitel, the film considers issues of judgment and social justice through the lens of the “Western subject” and its formation through Ancient Greek thought and philosophy. The screening is followed by a conversation moderated by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.
Modern Mondays: Documentary Fortnight
Monday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. T2
Presented as part of Doc Fortnight 2017, this Modern Mondays evening takes a look at explorations in media technology that are pushing boundaries in nonfiction practice and expanding the documentary form beyond the cinema screen. Specific program information is available at moma.org/film.
An Evening with Lynn Hershman Leeson and Tania Bruguera
Monday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. T2
MoMA presents the New York premiere of artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson’s documentary Tania Bruguera—A State of Vulnerability, about the aftermath of artist and activist Tania Bruguera’s recent incarceration in Cuba. Through footage of Bruguera’s sessions with psychiatrist Dr. Frank Ochberg, who first defined Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the film provides an intimate and politically incisive look at the impact of censorship on the artist’s life and art. Hershman Leeson’s work often addresses the relationship between identity construction and technology, as well as questions of surveillance, civil rights, and censorship. The screening is followed by a discussion between Hershman Leeson, Bruguera, and Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.
Modern Mondays: An Evening with Suzan Pitt
Monday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. T2
Suzan Pitt’s wildly imaginative and comically sinister animation has dazzled MoMA audiences for nearly 45 years. The award-winning artist and filmmaker returns to introduce the New York premiere of five newly restored films as well as her most recent work. This career-encompassing Modern Mondays is presented in partnership with the Academy Film Archive as a featured event in MoMA’s To Save and Project festival. Highlights include Pitt’s earliest 16mm films, Bowl, Theatre, Garden, Marble (1970) and Crocus (1971); her magisterially oneiric Asparagus (1979); excerpts from her unfinished ESO-S (c. 1980), a hybrid of live action and animation; and Joy Street (1995), an exuberant expression of desire, defiance, and suffering. Also included are her two most recent films, Visitation (2011), an alchemical experiment in photogenic drawing inspired “by hearing wolves crying and simultaneously reading H. P. Lovecraft,” and Pinball (2013), a deliriously colorful and kinetic piece of abstract visual music set to composer George Antheil’s radical 1953 reworking of his Ballet méchanique.
Organized by the Department of Film and the Department of Media and Performance Art.
Opens June 26, 2016
This installation brings together a selection of sculptures from the Museum’s collection made in the 1960s, extending to the Sculpture Garden the current organizing principle of the Museum’s fourth-floor collection galleries. Included are David Smith’s Cubi X (1963), an abstract construction of stainless steel geometric forms that evokes the human figure, and Alexander Calder’s Sandy’s Butterfly (1964), a 13-foot-tall colorful steel sculpture with a mobile top that the artist gave to MoMA in 1966. These works join longtime Sculpture Garden inhabitants, such as Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk (1967). Favorites like Pablo Picasso’s She Goat (1950) and Aristide Maillol’s The River (1943) will remain on view alongside these works from the 1960s.
October 17, 2016
The Museum of Modern Art announced that it has received a major gift from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, which will add more than 100 works of modern art by major artists from Latin America to the Museum’s collection, and establish the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. The Cisneros Institute will be dedicated to an expansive approach to the study and interpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America.
The gift includes 102 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, made between the 1940s and the 1990s by 37 artists working in Brazil, Venezuela, and the Río de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay, including Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Jesús Rafael Soto, Alejandro Otero, and Tomás Maldonado. They join 40 works previously given by Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros over the last 16 years; Mrs. Cisneros is a longtime MoMA Trustee and a member of several acquisitions and funding committees, including the Latin American and Caribbean Fund, of which she is chairman and founder.
The Cisneros Institute, to be located on MoMA’s Midtown Manhattan campus, will offer opportunities for curatorial research and travel, host visiting scholars and artists, convene an annual international conference, and produce research publications on art from Latin America. It is poised to become the preeminent research center in the field, building on MoMA’s history of collecting, exhibiting, and studying the art and artists of the region, dating back to 1931. Today, MoMA’s collection includes more than 5,000 works by artists from Latin America.
The breadth of this gift is unprecedented, and the accompanying research initiative devoted to the study of the works and their integration into the overall narrative of modern art will greatly enrich MoMA’s collection and scholarly activities. As an integral program of The Museum of Modern Art, the Cisneros Institute represents a singular commitment to the region, and will foster intensive research on and engagement with the region’s art and artists.
For more information and a full list of works, please visit: www.moma.org/collection/works/groups/cisneros
November 19, 2017–Spring 2018
Floor Three, Exhibition Galleries
This is the first U.S. survey to encompass Stephen Shore’s career in photography, from the gelatin silver prints he made as a teenager to his current engagement with digital platforms. This major exhibition tracks the artist from his wunderkind beginnings—works made when he was just 14 years old were acquired by Edward Steichen, the Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA, and he had a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art when he was 24 years old—through his continual, restless interrogation of image making. The exhibition will include hundreds of photographic works, along with additional materials including books, ephemera, and objects.
Shore (American, b. 1947) has worked with many formats and mediums of photography, and this gathering of hundreds of his works will allow for a fuller understanding of the diversity of his output. The exhibition will feature historic and recent prints of black-and-white and color photographs, books, periodicals, films, portfolios, and digital works, including many that have never been published or exhibited, from his Conceptual projects, the American Surfaces and Uncommon Places series, his landscapes of the 1980s, commissions, and his recent explorations of Israel and Ukraine.
Shore’s first survey in New York in 10 years, this exhibition will both establish the artist’s full oeuvre in the context of his time—from his days at Andy Warhol’s Factory through the rise of American color photography and the transition to large-scale digital photography—and argue for his singular vision and uncompromising pursuit of photography’s possibilities.
Organized by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator, with Kristen Gaylord, Beaumont & Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography, MoMA
The exhibition is supported by the Annual Exhibition Fund.
Images of MoMA PS1’s building are located through Press Access.
MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and moving images the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.
Additional information on upcoming VW Sunday Sessions can be found here.
VW Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; Taja Cheek, Curatorial Assistant; Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer; and Lucy Lie, Production Coordinator.
VW Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America, who have supported the program for five years since its inception.
The Alfred H. Barr Painting and Sculpture Galleries feature on the fifth floor roughly span the years 1880 to 1940. Within an overall chronological flow, galleries highlight individual stylistic movements, artists, and themes, including Post-Impressionism, Cubism, the work of Henri Matisse, Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, and Surrealism, among other subjects. An ongoing program of periodic reinstallations allows the curators to present a wide range of artworks in various configurations, reflecting the view that there are countless ways to explore the history of modern art and the Museum’s rich collection.
Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
February 5–May 1, 2016
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
February 24–May 30, 2016
Museo Jumex, Mexico City
October 13, 2016–January 14, 2017
Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian Modern
Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain
May 19–September 11, 2016
Museo Picasso Málaga
October 10, 2016–February 5, 2017
BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE
SFMOMA, San Francisco
October 29, 2016–January 22, 2017
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
February 21–May 22, 2017
Design and Violence
Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
October 7, 2016–January 15, 2017
Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
October 4, 2016–January 9, 2017
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (KNW), Düsseldorf, Germany
March 4, 2017–June 11, 2017
Tate Modern, London, England
November 30, 2016–April 9, 2017