Advance Schedule of Exhibitions for MoMA & MoMA PS1

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Julia Phillips: Failure Detection

April 15, 2018–September 03, 2018

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 will present the first solo museum exhibition of New York-based artist Julia Phillips (German and American, b. 1985), featuring six newly commissioned major works alongside existing sculptures, on view from April 15 to September 3, 2018. Primarily working with ceramics, Phillips creates objects and scenes that are intimately connected to the body. Her sculptures mostly avoid direct figuration, instead proposing various support structures for the body and emphasizing its absence. Impressions of the human form are visible through casts of orifices, handprints, and other corporeal traces. While suggestive of particular functions and purposes that are overtly physical, these works also produce social and psychological resonances. For Phillips, the body is entangled in both the real and abstract spaces of politics, made evident through indications given in her arrangements as well as the works’ titles, which are often directives for specific actions.

Julia Phillips (b. 1985, Hamburg, Germany) lives and works in New York City. She has been included in group exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Kitchen, New York; and Kunsthaus, Hamburg.

Julia Phillips: Failure Detection is organized by Ruba Katrib, Curator, MoMA PS1, with Josephine Graf, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

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Projects 108: Gauri Gill

April 15, 2018–September 03, 2018

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 presents the US premiere of photographer Gauri Gill’s (Indian, born 1970) most recent body of work, Acts of Appearance. Working closely with members of an Adivasi community in Jawhar district, Maharashtra, India, Gill created a series of vivid color photographs that foreground the community’s renowned production of papier-mâché objects, including traditional sacred masks. Projects 108: Gauri Gill is on view from April 15 through September 3, 2018, featuring Acts of Appearance alongside work from Gill’s series Notes from the Desert.

While traveling in Maharashtra, Gill heard about the Bahoda festival, a ritual celebration of performance and dance observed by members of the Kokna tribe. Over several nights, members of the community enact well-known Hindu epics intermingled with tribal myths, performed with the aid of papier-mâché masks that depict Hindu gods, local tribal gods and demons, and other characters. After seeing the masks, and reflecting upon the possible distance between these traditions and the everyday realities of the Jawhar community, Gill commissioned community members to create a new set of masks that, instead of depicting gods and deities, would take the form of familiar people and animals or valued objects. Many of the masks incorporate common aspects of human existence such as various life stages, states of health, and emotions (or rasas).

Trained as a painter and applied artist, Gill (b. 1970, Chandigarh, India) received a BFA from the Delhi College of Art, and then turned to photography as her primary medium, earning a second BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York and an MFA from Stanford University. In 2011, Gill received the Grange Prize (now known as the Aimia/AGO Photography prize). Her work has been presented internationally and in India, including at documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, the 7th Moscow Biennale, Prospect 4 in New Orleans, and Kochi Biennale, as well as at institutions including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Yale University Art Gallery; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi; and the Whitechapel Gallery, London; among others. She lives in New Delhi.

Organized by Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.

Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan

April 15, 2018–September 03, 2018

 

Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan brings together a selection of performance works by two Chinese artists of different generations that address the relationship between the body and the land. Since the 1980s, the status of land in China has been undergoing radical transformation, mirroring shifts from collectivism to individualism and from socialism to capitalism. The exhibition juxtaposes videos and photographs of early performance works by Zhang Huan (Chinese, b. 1965) with those of more recent performances by Li Binyuan (Chinese, b. 1985).

Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art; with Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

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Spring Performance Festival

April 15, 2018–April 15, 2018

 

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.

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MoMA Presents: Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City

April 27, 2018–May 03, 2018

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

This film within a film is a haunting yet lyric chronicle of recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and yield further instability in one stroke. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Khalid Abdalla (The Kite RunnerThe Square) plays the protagonist of Tamer El Said’s ambitious feature debut, a filmmaker in Cairo attempting to capture the zeitgeist of his city as the world changes around him—from personal love and loss to the fall of the Mubarak regime. Throughout, friends send footage and stories from Berlin, Baghdad, and Beirut, creating a powerful, multilayered meditation on togetherness, the tactile hold of cities, and the meaning of homeland. Shot in 2008 and completed this year, the film explores the weight of the cinematic image as record and storytelling in an ongoing time of change.

Organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.

Akher Ayam El Madina (In the Last Days of the City). 2016. Egypt/Germany/Great Britain/United Arab Emirates. Directed by Tamer El Said. In Arabic; English subtitles. 118 min.

Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. Discussion with the filmmaker, Theater 2
Saturday, April 28, 7:00 p.m., Theater 1
Sunday, April 29, 4:00 p.m., Theater 1
Monday, April 30, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2
Tuesday, May 1, 4:30 p.m., Theater 2
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2
Thursday, May 3, 4:30 p.m., Theater 2

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Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund

April 29, 2018–July 22, 2018

Floor Two, Collection Galleries

The exhibition, Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund, celebrates Gund’s contributions as a patron of the arts, a collector, and a longtime Trustee of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. On view from April 29, 2018, through July 22, 2018, the presentation pays tribute to the more than 800 works of art she has funded over the past half century. These gifts have come steadily and reliably during her decades of service as a key member of several departmental acquisition committees and her tenure as the Museum’s President from 1991 to 2002.

A studio visit provides an opportunity for some of the most meaningful encounters, conversations, and exchanges between artists, friends, curators, and collectors. Agnes Gund—or “Aggie,” as she is affectionately known—is one of the most dedicated and steadfast of studio visitors, consistently inspired by the thrill of looking and talking with artists in the presence of their artworks. Gund is committed to supporting a vast range of artists, from celebrated figures she counts among her close friends to emerging talents whose work she champions. “My friendships with artists,” she has said, “as well as a sensitivity to the challenges facing women artists and artists of color, have been formative in shaping my collection, which is deeply personal and deeply autobiographical.” The exhibition will reflect the depth of her collecting by bringing together a broad-ranging group of artworks from the 1950s to today in a non-chronological display that sets visitor favorites, seldom seen works, and recent acquisitions in dialogue with one another. Presenting a selection of 55 works Gund has given to MoMA, the exhibition shows that our collection would not be what it is today without her deeply held convictions and unparalleled generosity.

In celebration of her more than 50 years of involvement with the Museum, MoMA’s Party in the Garden will honor Ms. Gund, on May 31. In 1967, she first joined MoMA’s International Council and served on the Museum’s Board of Trustees from 1976 until 2002. Since 2002, she has served as president emerita and currently sits as chairman of the Board of Directors for MoMA PS1. Ms. Gund’s dedication and generous philanthropy to the arts community also extends beyond the Museum to other organizations such as Studio in a School, the Cleveland Museum of Art, National Young Arts Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Center for Curatorial Leadership, and the Art for Justice Fund, to name only a few.

Organized by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator, and Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, with Mia Matthias, Curatorial Fellow, Department of Painting and Sculpture. Special thanks to Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large, MoMA, and Director, MoMA PS1.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund with major contributions from the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Alice and Tom Tisch, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Franz Wassmer, Karen and Gary Winnick, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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MoMA Presents: Chang-Yong Moon and Jin Jeon’s Becoming Who I Was

May 01, 2018–May 07, 2018

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

Filmed over the course of eight years, Becoming Who I Was follows the daily life of Padma Angdu, a young Ladakhi boy who has been identified as the reincarnation of a high-ranking Tibetan Buddhist monk. On his quest to be reunited with his original monastic order, he must overcome great obstacles with the help of his godfather and mentor, Urgyan Rickzan.

Organized by the Department of Film.

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Modern Matinees: Hitchcock/Truffaut

May 02, 2018–June 29, 2018

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

In 1962, an American journalist asked French film director Francois Truffaut (1932–1984) a provocative question: Why do French critics take Alfred Hitchcock’s films so seriously? Truffaut, convinced that Hitchcock’s inclination toward jocular replies to sincere questions cast him in an unflattering light with the media and his peers, resolved to set the record straight. He wrote, “It occurred to me that if he would, for the first time, agree to respond seriously to a systematic questionnaire, the resulting document might modify the American critics’ approach to Hitchcock.”

Truffaut had met Hitchcock (1899–1980) once before, in 1955, during production on Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief in the South of France. The meeting was something of a catastrophe, as Truffaut and his buddy, the director Claude Chabrol, accidentally fell into a fountain in advance of their appointment with Hitchcock. Despite this rocky footing, Hitchcock agreed to 50 hours of interviews with Truffaut, consisting of 500 questions about his career, in chronological order. Questions were limited to the genesis of each film, the preparation of the scripts, and directorial complications. Truffaut capped the interview with Hitchcock’s own candid expectations for the commercial and artistic success of each film.

The first edition of Hitchcock/Truffaut was published in 1967 (with a revised edition in 1983), and it remains an invaluable guide for fans, filmmakers, and critics. This series, drawn primarily from MoMA’s collection, includes an array of films discussed in the book, accompanied by readings from pertinent passages.

Organized by Anne Morra, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

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The Chelsea Girls Exploded

May 04, 2018–May 13, 2018

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

In the fall of 1966 The Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol’s double-screen masterpiece, began its unprecedented journey from its birthplace downtown to uptown commercial success. In celebration of the new publication Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls and the ongoing Warhol film digitization project, The Andy Warhol Museum and The Museum of Modern Art present the premiere of a new high-quality digital scan, alongside related films and all the never-before-seen material Warhol shot to create his epic vision of the New York underground scene.

The exhibition features in-person appearances by Warhol stars; 10 film premieres, including The Trip, The John, Their Town (Toby Short), and The Pope Ondine Story; and two special 16mm screenings of The Chelsea Girls.

Organized by Geralyn Huxley, Curator of Film and Video, and Greg Pierce, Associate Curator of Film and Video, The Andy Warhol Museum; and Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition is supported by The Museum of Modern Art’s Annual Film Fund.

Special thanks to MPC NY and Technicolor PostWorks NY for their expertise and commitment to digitizing the films of Andy Warhol.

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William Fox Presents: Restorations and Rediscoveries from the Fox Film Corporation

May 18, 2018–June 05, 2018

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

Founded in 1915 by the self-educated entrepreneur William Fox, the Fox Film Corporation became home to the most dazzling lineup of directorial talent in the studio era. As silent film transitioned into sound, Fox’s roster of directors included Frank Borzage, Allan Dwan, John Ford, Howard Hawks, William K. Howard, Henry King, William Cameron Menzies, F. W. Murnau, Alfred Santell, Raoul Walsh, and many others. Yet this legacy was almost lost when a 1937 vault fire at Fox’s New Jersey storage facility destroyed all of the Fox Film negatives and most of the positive prints. That any of the Fox Film inventory survives today is largely thanks to Eileen Bowser, the former head of MoMA’s Department of Film, who worked with the producer Alex Gordon to rescue the nitrate work prints and reference copies stored at the Fox studio in Los Angeles.

Focusing on that pivotal era, this series (presented here in the first of two parts) features recent restorations from the Fox Film collection by MoMA and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, including exceedingly rare films by Ford, King, and Walsh; a pair of unseen early Spencer Tracy gangster films; and a new digital transfer of Frank Borzage’s 1927 masterpiece 7th Heaven.

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film. Special thanks to Todd Wiener, Steven K. Hill, Paul Malcolm, UCLA Film and Television Archive; Schwan Belston and Caitlin Robertson, Twentieth Century Fox.

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