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Judson Dance Theater:
The Work Is Never Done

September 16, 2018 – February 03, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

Floor Two, Contemporary Galleries and the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium

The Museum of Modern Art presents Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, a major exhibition that looks anew at the formative moment in the 1960s when a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present groundbreaking cross-disciplinary performances. Featuring celebrated dance works by Judson artists, The Work Is Never Done includes a gallery exhibition, a print publication, and an ambitious performance program in the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium. On view from September 16, 2018, through February 3, 2019, the exhibition highlights the group’s ethos of collaboration and the range of its participants through live performance and some 300 objects including films, photographic documentation, sculptural objects, scores, music, and archival material. Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done is organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, and Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator, with Martha Joseph, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.

The exhibition is made possible by Hyundai Card.

Leadership support is provided by Monique M. Schoen Warshaw, The Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions, and by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Major support is provided by Jody and John Arnhold and by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Generous funding is provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund with major contributions from the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Peter Butler

Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Peter Butler

Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Peter Butler

Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Peter Butler

Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Peter Butler

Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Peter Butler

Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Peter Butler

Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Peter Butler

Simone Forti. Huddle. 1961. Performance. Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds.  Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Martita Abril (top), Vanessa Vargas, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Lindsay Londs Reuter, Samuel Hanson, Christiana Cefalu, Elizabeth Hart, Laura Pfeffer, Miguel Ángel Guzmán. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Simone Forti. Slant Board. 1961. Performance with plywood and rope. Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers, from left: Laura Pfeffer, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Samuel Hanson. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Simone Forti. Accompaniment for La Monte’s “2 sounds” and La Monte’s “2 sounds.” 1961. Performance with natural fiber rope and sound. Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performer: Christiana Cefalu. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Yvonne Rainer. We Shall Run. 1963. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Brittany Bailey, Patrick Gallagher, Iréne Hultman, Abigail Levine, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Louisa Pancoast, Emmanuèle Phuon, Damani Pompey, Suzzanne Ponomarenko, Heather Robles, Mary Kate Sheehan, Timothy Ward. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Yvonne Rainer. Trio A Pressured: Quartet. 1969. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Keith Sabado, Emily Coates, Emmanuèle Phuon, Pat Catterson. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Yvonne Rainer. Diagonal (from Terrain). 1963. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Patricia Hoffbauer, Keith Sabado, Emmanuèle Phuon (hidden), Emily Coates, David Thomson, Pat Catterson. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Deborah Hay. ten. 1968. Performance. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: David Thomson, Wally Cardona, Shelley Senter. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Deborah Hay. ten. 1968. Performance. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Gang Gang Dance. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Deborah Hay. ten. 1968. Performance. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Malcolm Low, David Thomson, Arturo Vidich, Miguel Guttierez, Wally Cardona (back to camera), Marýa Wethers, Michelle Boulé, Adrienne Truscott, Shelley Senter, Miguel Ángel Guzmán. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Deborah Hay. ten. 1968. Performance. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: on floor: Michelle Boulé, Marýa Wethers, Adrienne Truscott, Miguel Gutierrez, Malcolm Low; by vertical pole: Arturo Vidich, David Thomson, Shelley Senter. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

David Gordon. THE MATTER @ MOMA/2018. 2018. Performance. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Carmella Lauer, Pam Tanowitz, Lauren Fergusson, Ambika Raina, Darrin Wright, Paul Hamilton, Colin Gee, Erez Milatin, Lydia Chrisman (seated), David Gordon. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

David Gordon. THE MATTER @ MOMA/2018. 2018. Performance. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Wally Cardona, Karen Graham. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

David Gordon. THE MATTER @ MOMA/2018. 2018. Performance. Performed in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Valda Setterfield, Wally Cardona. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Lucinda Childs. Radial Courses. 1976. Performed in Lucinda Childs: Early Works, 1963–78, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Robert Mark Burke, Kyle Gerry, Vincent McCloskey, Lonnie Poupard Jr. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Lucinda Childs. Particular Reel. 1973. Performed in Lucinda Childs: Early Works, 1963–78, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performer: Lucinda Childs. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Lucinda Childs. Interior Drama. 1977. Performed in Lucinda Childs: Early Works, 1963–78, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers: Katie Dorn, Sarah Hillmon, Sharon Milanese, Caitlin Scranton, Shakirah Stewart. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Paula Court

Steve Paxton. Excerpt from Goldberg Variations. 2017. Based on The Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach Played by Glenn Gould Improvised by Steve Paxton (1986–92). Performed in Steve Paxton Performances by Stephen Petronio Company, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performer: Megan Wright. Photo: Paula Court. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Steve Paxton. Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (I Would Like to Make a Phone Call). 1964. Performed in Steve Paxton Performances by Stephen Petronio Company, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers, from left: Ryan Pliss and Mac Twining. Photo: Paula Court. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Steve Paxton. Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (I Would Like to Make a Phone Call). 1964. Performed in Steve Paxton Performances by Stephen Petronio Company, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers, from left: Ryan Pliss, Tess Montoya, Ernesto Breton, Taylor Boyland. Photo: Paula Court. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Steve Paxton. Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (I Would Like to Make a Phone Call). 1964. Performed in Steve Paxton Performances by Stephen Petronio Company, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performers, from left: Megan Wright, Bria Bacon. Photo: Paula Court. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Steve Paxton. Excerpt from Goldberg Variations. 2017. Based on The Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach Played by Glenn Gould Improvised by Steve Paxton (1986–92). Performed in Steve Paxton Performances by Stephen Petronio Company, as part of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019. Performer: Nicholas Sciscione. Photo: Paula Court. Digital image © 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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