This Week at MoMA: April 20–26


While MoMA’s exhibition galleries usually get all the attention, this week several talks and performances take center stage. Check out the diverse roster of programming this week:

• Tonight, Modern Mondays presents An Evening with Shezad Dawood, featuring the New York premiere of the London-based multimedia artist’s first feature film, Piercing Brightness.

Rabih Mroué. Riding on a Cloud. 2013. Photo: Joe Namy

Rabih Mroué. Riding on a Cloud. 2013. Photo: Joe Namy

• On Tuesday and Wednesday, the latest installment of MoMA’s renowned Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series, Projects 101, presents the U.S. premiere of acclaimed Lebanese artist and theater director Rabih Mroué’s live performance Riding on a Cloud. Tuesday’s performance is followed by a conversation with Mroué joined by writer and translator Omar Berrada.

• Co-organized by MoMA and the Mahindra Center for the Humanities at Harvard University, on Wednesday, Mahindra Center director Homi K. Bhabha and MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry will be joined by curator Pedro Gadanho and architect Jeanne Gang for In the Public Interest: Unequal Urbanisms—a discussion exploring how rapid urban growth and unequal distribution of goods is affecting the way cities function. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, which closes on Saturday.

Gerontophillia. 2013. Canada. Directed by Bruce LaBruce. Courtesy of the filmmaker

Gerontophillia. 2013. Canada. Directed by Bruce LaBruce. Courtesy of the filmmaker

• A film retrospective of auteur/provocateur Bruce LaBruce begins on Thursday with the director’s recent film Gerontophilia, about a young man working at an assisted living facility who discovers he is attracted to the extremely advanced in age. LaBruce will introduce the screening, which will be followed by a Q&A.

• On Thursday, watch the live stream of Migration Rhapsody, an evening of music and performance curated by WQXR radio host Terrance McKnight (in conjunction with the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North), featuring an extraordinary lineup of artists including Jim Davis, Karen Chilton, Bill T. Jones, Alicia Hall Moran, and others.

Andy Warhol. Campbell’s Soup Cans. 1962. Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases, each canvas: 20 x 16″ (50.8 x 40.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art. Partial gift of Irving Blum. Additional funding provided by Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund, gift of Nina and Gordon Bunshaft in honor of Henry Moore, Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, Philip Johnson Fund, Frances R. Keech Bequest, gift of Mrs. Bliss Parkinson, and Florence B. Wesley Bequest (all by exchange), 1996. © 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation/ARS, NY/TM Licensed by Campbell’s Soup Co. All rights reserved

Andy Warhol. Campbell’s Soup Cans. 1962. Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases, each canvas: 20 x 16″ (50.8 x 40.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art. Partial gift of Irving Blum. Additional funding provided by Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund, gift of Nina and Gordon Bunshaft in honor of Henry Moore, Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, Philip Johnson Fund, Frances R. Keech Bequest, gift of Mrs. Bliss Parkinson, and Florence B. Wesley Bequest (all by exchange), 1996. © 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation/ARS, NY/TM Licensed by Campbell’s Soup Co. All rights reserved

• A new exhibition featuring Andy Warhol’s iconic series of 32 paintings depicting Campbell’s Soup cans—Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967—opens on Saturday. This signature work will be shown as it was originally presented at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1962.

• Also on Saturday, The Architectural League of New York, Columbia University Latin Lab, and MoMA present Latin American Incrementalism: From PREVI to the Present, a daylong symposium exploring the contributions of Latin American progressive housing strategies and participatory design to architecture and urban development.

• And head to MoMA PS1 for Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts: YOU BETTA WERK, a Sunday Sessions afternoon with scholars, activists, and artists in celebration of two seminal liberation movements that emerged out of Harlem: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the House and Ballroom Scene.

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