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Björk, Debut, 1993. Credit: Photography by Jean Baptiste Mondino. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian

Björk

March 08, 2015–June 07, 2015

 

The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will present a full-scale retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk in 2015. Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, the exhibition Björk draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums—from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011)—to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson. Björk’s collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers, and artists will be featured, and the exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Thomas Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk. Björk will be on view from March 7 through June 7, 2015; MoMA is the sole venue.

The exhibition is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

New Directors/New Films 2015

March 18, 2015–March 29, 2015

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters and Lincoln Center

Now in its 44th year, the renowned New Directors/New Films festival, presented jointly by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging or not-yet-established filmmakers from around the world.

Organized by a selection committee comprising Jytte Jensen, Curator; Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film; and Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; and Dennis Lim, Director of Programming; Marian Masone, Senior Programming Advisor, and Gavin Smith, Editor, Film Comment and Senior Programmer, the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Rogelio Salmona. Torres del Parque Residencial Complex, Bogotá, Colombia, 1964-1970. Photograph: Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

March 29, 2015–July 19, 2015

The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor

In 1955 The Museum of Modern Art staged Latin American Architecture since 1945, a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s.

This period of self-questioning, exploration, and complex political shifts also saw the emergence of the notion of Latin America as a landscape of development, one in which all aspects of cultural life were colored in one way or another by this new attitude to what emerged as the “Third World.” The 1955 exhibition featured the result of a single photographic campaign, but Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 brings together a wealth of original materials that have never before been brought together and, for the most part, are rarely exhibited even in their home countries.

The exhibition features architectural drawings, architectural models, vintage photographs, and film clips alongside newly commissioned models and photographs by Brazilian photographer Leonardo Finotti. While the exhibition focuses on the period of 1955 to 1980 in most of the countries of Latin America, it is introduced by an ample prelude on the preceding three decades of architectural developments in the region, presentations of the development of several key university campuses in cities like Mexico City and Caracas, and a look at the development of the new Brazilian capital at Brasilia. Architects met these challenges with formal, urbanistic, and programmatic innovation, much of it relevant still to the challenges of our own period, in which Latin America is again providing exciting and challenging architecture and urban responses to the ongoing issues of modernization and development, though in vastly different economic and political contexts than those considered in this major historical reevaluation.

The exhibition is accompanied by two major publications: a catalogue and an anthology of primary texts translated from Spanish and Portuguese.

Organized by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, and Patricio del Real, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Carlos Eduardo Comas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; with the assistance of an advisory committee from across Latin America.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

 Additional funding is provided by The Reed Foundation and by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.

 

Grete Stern. Dreams No. 1. 1949. Gelatin silver print. 10 1/2 x 9" (26.6 x 22.9 cm). Latin American and Caribbean Fund through gift of Marie Josée and Henry R. Kravis in honor of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin. © 2014 Galería Jorge Mara-La Ruche

From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola

May 17, 2015–October 04, 2015

The Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, third floor

From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola is the first major exhibition of the German-born Grete Stern and the Argentinean Horacio Coppola, two leading figures of avant-garde photography who established themselves on both sides of the Atlantic. In Berlin in 1927, Stern began taking private classes with Walter Peterhans, who was soon to become head of photography at the Bauhaus. A year later, in Peterhans’s studio, she met Ellen (Rosenberg) Auerbach, with whom she opened a pioneering studio specializing in portraiture and advertising. Named after their childhood nicknames, the studio ringl + pit embraced both commercial and avant-garde loyalties, creating proto-feminist works. In Buenos Aires during the same period, Coppola initiated his photographic experimentations, exploring his surroundings and contributing to the discourse on modernist practices across media in local cultural magazines. In 1929 he founded the Buenos Aires Film Club to introduce the most advanced foreign films to Argentine audiences. His early works show a burgeoning interest in new modes of photographic expression that led him to the Bauhaus in 1932, where he met Stern and they began their joint history.

Following the close of the Bauhaus and the rising threat of the Nazi powers in 1933, Stern and Coppola fled Germany. Stern arrived first in London, where her friends included activists affiliated with leftist circles and where she made her now iconic portraits of German exiles. After traveling through Europe, camera in hand, Coppola joined Stern in London, where he pursued a modernist idiom in his photographs of the fabric of the city, tinged alternately with social concern and surrealist strangeness.

In the summer of 1935, Stern and Coppola embarked for Buenos Aires where they mounted an exhibition in the offices of the avant-garde magazine Sur, announcing the arrival of modern photography in Argentina. The unique character of Buenos Aires was captured in Coppola’s photographic encounters from the city’s center to its outskirts and in Stern’s numerous portraits of the city’s intelligentsia. The exhibition ends in the early 1950s, with Stern’s forward-thinking Sueños (Dreams), a series of photomontages she contributed to the popular women’s magazine Idilio, portraying women’s dreams with urgency and surreal wit.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication edited by Roxana Marcoci and Sarah Meister with a selection of original texts by Stern and Coppola translated into English by Rachel Kaplan. The catalogue will consist of three essays on the artists written by the exhibition curators and scholar Jodi Roberts.

Organized by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, and Sarah Meister, Curator, with Drew Sawyer, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund and by The David Berg Foundation.
 
Additional funding is provided by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.
 
Research and travel support was provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
John Baldessari (American, born 1931). Hands Framing New York Harbor from Pier 18. 1971. Photograph by Shunk-Kender (Harry Shunk [German, 1924-2006] and János Kender [Hungarian, 1937-1983]). Gelatin silver print, 7 3/8 × 9 15/16" (18.8 × 25.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in honor of Jennifer Winkworth and Kynaston McShine and in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender. © 2014 John Baldessari. Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Art on Camera: Photographs by Shunk-Kender, 1960–1971

May 17, 2015–October 04, 2015

The Robert and Joyce Menschel Photography Gallery, third floor

In 2013, The Museum of Modern Art acquired over 600 works from the Shunk-Kender Photography Collection as a gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. The donation established a consortium across five institutions—the Getty Research Institute, the National Gallery of Art, Centre Pompidou, Tate, and MoMA—that together received the full archive of photographic material by Harry Shunk (German, 1924–2006) and János Kender (Hungarian, 1937–1983), who worked collaboratively under the name Shunk-Kender from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

This exhibition presents a selection of remarkable photographs by Shunk-Kender from the Museum’s collection, including five photographs of Yves Klein’s landmark work Leap into the Void (1960)—the iconic image that was published in Klein’s Dimanche-Le Journal d’un seul jour on November 27, 1960 (and distributed throughout Paris), along with four additional, and little-known, distinct views of the performance. Also featured are numerous photographs of Yayoi Kusama’s astonishing New York performances of 1968, including Mirror Performance—an ecstatic gathering of costumed, painted, and nude bodies within one of Kusama’s mirrored chambers—and multiple iterations of The Anatomic Explosion, in which dancers stripped and posed in front of the New York Stock Exchange and other Wall Street–area locations in an unconventional artistic protest against the Vietnam War.

A major portion of the exhibition is devoted to photographs from Pier 18. In 1971, a series of ephemeral artworks were executed at a derelict Hudson River pier in New York. Conceived and organized by Willoughby Sharp, the actions, instructions, and performances of Pier 18 were enacted in February and March of 1971 by 27 (all male) artists, including Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Jan Dibbets, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mario Merz, and Allen Ruppersberg, among others. Sharp invited Shunk-Kender to collaborate with each artist to photograph the individual projects. From the start, Sharp conceived of the project as an installation, in which Shunk-Kender’s photographs would be the physical manifestation of the work experienced by an audience. Indeed, it was through Projects: Pier 18 (June 18–August 2, 1971)—an exhibition at MoMA that was as part of the Museum’s experimental Projects series—that the public ultimately discovered and engaged with the Pier 18 projects.

Without question, the roles played by the two photographers varied from one project to the next. On the pier, Baldessari used his hands to mimic the view of their camera, emphasizing the framing choices inherent in the composition. Merz, on the other hand, suggested to the photographers that they select and record images entirely of their own preference. The resulting Pier 18 pictures capture the chaotic energy, systematic processes, and playful wit of the era’s performance and Conceptual art in two-dimensional black and white.

Organized by Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography

The exhibition is supported by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.

Pier 54, an homage to Pier 18 organized by High Line Art, is on view through December 13 at 120 Eleventh Avenue.

Zoe Leonard (American, born 1961)
Chapter twenty from Analogue. 1998 2007
Three chromogenic color prints and one gelatin silver print, each 11 x 11" (27.9 x 27.9 cm). 
Acquired through the generosity of the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, the Fund for the Twenty First Century, The Modern Women's Fund, and Carol Appel

Zoe Leonard: Analogue

June 27, 2015–August 30, 2015

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

This exhibition presents Zoe Leonard’s Analogue—a landmark photographic project conceived over the course of a decade—which documents, in 412 color and black-and-white photographs, the eclipsed texture of 20th-century urban life as seen in little bodegas, mom-and-pop stores with decaying facades and quirky handwritten signs, and shop windows displaying a mixed assortment of products.

Shooting with a vintage 1940s Rolleiflex camera, a tool “left over from the mechanical age,” as Leonard puts it, the artist took her own neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side as a point of departure. She then followed the global trade of recycled merchandise—used T-shirts, old-fashioned shoes, discarded Coke advertisements, the old technology of Kodak camera shops—to far-flung places in Eastern Europe, Africa, Cuba, and Mexico. Tapping the traditions of documentary and conceptual photography, Leonard’s project is positioned within the genealogy of the grand visual archives that extend from Eugène Atget’s Paris “then and now,” to August Sander’s Face of Our Time, to Bernd and Hilla Becher’s typologies of vernacular architecture.

The exhibition is organized by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, Department of Photography.

The exhibition is made possible by The Modern Women’s Fund.

MoMA presents the first comprehensive American survey of the artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon), whose work in the last 25 years investigates distinctions between fact and fiction, and the ways in which we represent, remember, and make sense of history. The exhibition brings together over 20 bodies of work across various mediums—including photography, video, sculpture, and performance—identifying Raad as a pivotal figure in contemporary art. Dedicated to exploring the veracity of archives and photographic documents in the public realm, the role of memory and narrative within discourses of conflict, and the construction of histories of art in the Arab world, Raad’s work is informed by his upbringing in Lebanon during the civil war (1975–90), and by the socioeconomic and military policies that have shaped the Middle East in the past few decades. The exhibition focuses on two of the artist’s long-term projects: The Atlas Group (1989–2004) and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow (2007–ongoing). Under the rubric of The Atlas Group, a 15-year project exploring the contemporary history of Lebanon, Raad produced fictionalized photographs, videotapes, notebooks, and lectures that related to real events and authentic research in audio, film, and photographic archives in Lebanon and elsewhere. Raad’s recent work has expanded to address the Middle East region at large. His current ongoing project, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World, examines the recent emergence in the Arab world of new infrastructure for the visual arts—comprised of art fairs, biennials, museums, and galleries—alongside the geopolitical, economic, and military conflicts that have consumed the region in the past few decades. The exhibition also includes a series of lecture-performances; Raad will perform in MoMA's Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium up to five times a week for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibition will travel to Museo Jumex in Mexico City and will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue. Organized by Eva Respini, Curator, with Katerina Stathopoulou, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography. The exhibition is supported by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund. Research and travel support was provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Walid Raad

October 12, 2015–January 31, 2016

Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor and The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

MoMA presents the first comprehensive American survey of the artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon), whose work in the last 25 years investigates distinctions between fact and fiction, and the ways in which we represent, remember, and make sense of history. The exhibition brings together over 20 bodies of work across various mediums—including photography, video, sculpture, and performance—identifying Raad as a pivotal figure in contemporary art. Dedicated to exploring the veracity of archives and photographic documents in the public realm, the role of memory and narrative within discourses of conflict, and the construction of histories of art in the Arab world, Raad’s work is informed by his upbringing in Lebanon during the civil war (1975–90), and by the socioeconomic and military policies that have shaped the Middle East in the past few decades.

The exhibition focuses on two of the artist’s long-term projects: The Atlas Group (1989–2004) and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow (2007–ongoing). Under the rubric of The Atlas Group, a 15-year project exploring the contemporary history of Lebanon, Raad produced fictionalized photographs, videotapes, notebooks, and lectures that related to real events and authentic research in audio, film, and photographic archives in Lebanon and elsewhere. Raad’s recent work has expanded to address the Middle East region at large. His current ongoing project, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World, examines the recent emergence in the Arab world of new infrastructure for the visual arts—comprised of art fairs, biennials, museums, and galleries—alongside the geopolitical, economic, and military conflicts that have consumed the region in the past few decades. The exhibition also includes a series of lecture-performances; Raad will perform in MoMA’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium up to five times a week for the duration of the exhibition.

The exhibition will travel to Museo Jumex in Mexico City and will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue.

Organized by Eva Respini, Curator, with Katerina Stathopoulou, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography.

The exhibition is supported by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.

Research and travel support was provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.