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Adam Linder: Shelf Life

February 01, 2020 – March 08, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

For the first commission in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio on February 1, 2020, MoMA presents two separate solo exhibitions that will occupy the same space: choreographer Adam Linder’s performance Shelf Life and artist Shahryar Nashat’s installation Force Life. The exhibitions will alternate every hour throughout the day so that only one is on view at a given time. The exhibitions run through March 8, 2020.

Los Angeles–based choreographer and performer Adam Linder (b. 1983, Sydney) works across theatrical and gallery settings, engaging with questions of duration and presentation. Many of his works focus on existing elements of choreographic language, breaking down systems of movement to introduce them within a historical and institutional context. Linder’s Shelf Life is a newly imagined work for six dancers. With each performance, the dancers enact three concepts: the Barre, the Blood, and the Brain. For Linder, these three elements form a kind of nervous system for dance: the Barre is where dance happens, the Blood propels it, and the Brain controls it. In Shelf Life, the performers embody the three “organs” of this choreographic body using a variety of movements and props. The title Shelf Life alludes to the finite physical resources expended by the dancer’s body and how the virtuosity and temporarily of performance is defined within the museum context.

Linder’s Shelf Life is on view daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., and on Fridays at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m

Adam Linder: Shelf Life is commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. It is organized at MoMA by The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance Stuart Comer, and Ana Janevski, Curator, with Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, and produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Performance Producer, with Ginny Benson, Assistant Performance Coordinator.

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The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Additional support is provided by the Harkness Foundation for Dance. 

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