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Haegue Yang: Handles

October 21, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

Seoul- and Berlin-based artist Haegue Yang (Korean, born 1971) is known for genre-defying, multimedia installations that interweave a range of materials, historical references, and sensory experiences. For the opening of The Museum of Modern Art’s expanded campus on October 21, 2019, MoMA has commissioned an installation by Yang for the Marron Atrium. Haegue Yang: Handles will feature six dynamic sculptures activated daily, dazzling geometries, and the play of light and sound to create a ritualized, complex environment with both personal and political resonance. Haegue Yang: Handles is organized by Stuart Comer, The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance, with Taylor Walsh, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints; produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Producer, with Kate Scherer, Manager, Performance and Live Programs.

Handles are points of attachment and material catalysts for movement and change. Yang’s installation in the Marron Atrium considers this everyday interface between people and things. Steel grab bars are mounted on the walls amid the iridescent pattern of a panoramic collage, and put to functional use in her sculptures. These monumental works come in distinctive shapes: some are inspired by the work of early 20th-century figures such as artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp and mystic philosopher G. I. Gurdjieff, and others use open-source designs for door handles to produce freestanding bodies at once futuristic and prehistoric.


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

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Haegue Yang. Sonic Coupe Copper – Enclosed Unity from the installation Handles. 2019. Powder-coated steel stand, powder-coated metal grid, ball-bearing, brass-plated bells, metal rings, casters. 212 x 110 x 110 cm. © Haegue Yang. Image courtesy Haegue Yang.