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Shahryar Nashat: Force 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 artist Shahryar Nashat (b. 1975, Geneva) works across sculpture, video, sound, and light. His work encourages audiences to reflect on the impact of new technologies on the human body. Nashat is interested in how technological innovations often serve as prostheses that extend the impact and function of the human form. Nashat’s exhibition, Force Life, consists of three sculptures and a video set within an immersive light environment designed by the artist. Each of these works corresponds to an idea in a tripartite system: the video, Blood; the sculpture, Barre; and two Brains. Each of these concepts, in turn, relates to the structure through which art is experienced. For Nashat, looking at an artwork is a physical experience, felt through the body; a visual experience, seen through the eyes; and an intellectual experience, thought through the brain. Changing throughout the course of the exhibition, the lighting design functions in tandem with the daylight filtering through the windows in the Kravis Studio. The lighting connects the dispersed objects of Nashat’s central nervous system into a single body. Seen, felt, and thought of together, the elements of Nashat’s installation enable the birth of a new lifeform.

Nashat’s Force Life is on view daily at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

Shahryar Nashat: Force Life is commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and 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.

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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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