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Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada—A Raft

May 08, 2021 – January 09, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada—A Raft, an exhibition of works from MoMA’s collection selected by Barrada (b. 1971), an artist known for her multidisciplinary investigations of cultural phenomena and historical narratives. On view from May 8, 2021, to January 9, 2022, the exhibition brings together works in two galleries, one on the fourth floor and one on the fifth floor, connected by their own staircase, highlighting over 60 works from MoMA’s collection.

In this latest edition of MoMA’s Artist’s Choice exhibition series, Barrada gathers works from the Museum’s collection that resonate with the ideas and work of the French social work pioneer and writer Fernand Deligny (1913–1996). Barrada’s exploration centers on Deligny’s work from the late 1960s, when he lived together with other volunteers and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in an informal network in rural France; this was an attempt to create a new way of living “outside language,” adapted for the nonverbal children. Deligny called this network “a raft,” envisioning it as lightweight and maneuverable and requiring constant maintenance—an alternative to the “cargo ships” of the psychiatric institutions. Particularly resonant today, Deligny’s emancipatory ideas are being rediscovered widely, by philosophers, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, filmmakers, and artists.

Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada—A Raft  is organized by Yto Barrada with Lucy Gallun, Associate Curator, and River Encalada Bullock, Beaumont & Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography.

The Artist’s Choice exhibition series is made possible through The Agnes Gund Artist’s Choice Fund endowed by Iara Lee and George Gund III, Lulie and Gordon Gund, Ann and Graham Gund, and Sarah and Geoffrey Gund.

Major support is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund.

Additional funding is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

 

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Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) (Venezuelan, born Germany. 1912–1994). Untitled. 1963. Ink on paper. 30 x 22″ (76.2 x 55.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Drawings Funds. © 2021 Fundación Gego. 2416.2001.

Vito Acconci (American, 1940–2017). Security Zone. 1971. 16 gelatin silver prints on board. 20 × 26″ (50.8 × 66 cm). Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in honor of Jennifer Winkworth and Kynaston McShine and in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender. © 2021 Vito Acconci. Photograph: Shunk‑Kender  © J. Paul Getty Trust.  The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. 1029.2013.

Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923–2015). Running White. 1959. Oil on canvas. 7′ 4″ x 68″ (223.6 x 172.2 cm). Purchase. © 2021 Ellsworth Kelly. 9.1960.

Bruce Nauman (American, born 1941). Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance). 1967‑1968. 16mm film transferred to video (black and white, sound). 10 min.. Uneditioned. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Evanne and Edward J. Gargiulo, Jr. in honor of Ava, Emma and Jack Gargiulo. © 2021 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. 581.2008.

Paul Klee (German, born Switzerland. 1879–1940). Striding Out. 1923. Lithograph. composition (irreg.): 10 1/8 x 6 1/8″ (25.7 x 15.5 cm); sheet (irreg.): 11 11/16 x 7 11/16″ (29.7 x 19.5 cm). Publisher: unpublished. Printer: Staatliches Bauhaus, Weimar. Edition: approx. 6. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Victor S. Riesenfeld. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild‑Kunst, Bonn. 339.1948.

Kurt Schwitters (German, 1887–1948). Untitled (Picture with Basket Ring). 1938. Wood, rattan ring, paper, iron, and steel nails on wood. 15 x 11 3/4″ (38.1 x 29.8 cm). The Riklis Collection of McCrory Corporation. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild‑Kunst, Bonn.

Yto Barrada (Moroccan and French, born 1971). Practice Piece (Sewing Exercise 3B). 2019. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in (35.6 x 27.9 cm) unframed. Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, and Galerie Polaris © 2021 Yto Barrada

Yto Barrada (Moroccan and French, born 1971). Practice Piece (Sewing Exercise 4B). 2019. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in (35.6 x 27.9 cm) unframed. Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, and Galerie Polaris © 2021 Yto Barrada