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Shana Moulton: Meta/Physical Therapy

February 17, 2024 – April 21, 2024

The Museum of Modern Art

This exhibition will premiere a new site-specific installation by Shana Moulton, whose work seeks to capture the enormity and banality of everyday life. Through performance, video, and sculpture, Moulton chronicles the experiences of her semi-autobiographical alter-ego, Cynthia, as she navigates personal choices and physical limitations. Transforming the Kravis Studio into a prismatic environment, this installation employs the artist’s signature blend of spiritual imagery, medical technology, popular culture, and references to high art and dollar-store kitsch. An extension of Moulton’s Whispering Pines series, which began in 2002, the project continues the artist’s incisive examination of the aesthetics of pain and healing and the mass marketing of wellness, and explores the maladies of middle age. Presented as a multi-chapter narrative, the installation will be accompanied by a series of performances created in collaboration with composer Nick Hallett, bringing Cynthia’s inner world to life.

Performances:
Saturday, April 6, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 11, at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m.

The installation will be open during regular Museum hours.

Organized by Erica Papernik-Shimizu, Associate Curator, with May Makki, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance. Performances produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Associate Director and Producer, with Olivia Rousey, Assistant Performance Coordinator, Performance and Live Programs.

The Kravis Studio programs are presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Major support is provided by the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance and by the Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

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Installation view of Shana Moulton: Meta/Physical Therapy, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from February 17, 2024 – April 21, 2024. Photo: Jonathan Dorado

Installation view of Shana Moulton: Meta/Physical Therapy, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from February 17, 2024 – April 21, 2024. Photo: Jonathan Dorado

Installation view of Shana Moulton: Meta/Physical Therapy, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from February 17, 2024 – April 21, 2024. Photo: Jonathan Dorado

Installation view of Shana Moulton: Meta/Physical Therapy, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from February 17, 2024 – April 21, 2024. Photo: Jonathan Dorado

Installation view of Shana Moulton: Meta/Physical Therapy, on view at The Museum of Modern Art from February 17, 2024 – April 21, 2024. Photo: Jonathan Dorado