Francis Alÿs is staging a ceremonial procession commemorating The Museum of Modern Art’s move from midtown Manhattan to its temporary home in Long Island City, Queens. Departing from 11 West 53 Street, moving over the Queensboro Bridge, and marching up Queens Boulevard, the procession comes to an end at MoMA QNS. The artist is documenting this festive and somber occasion with a video to be screened at MoMA QNS. Alÿs’s procession will be a public spectacle, partly evoking a saint’s day procession and partly a secular celebration.
Organized by Harper Montgomery, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Public Art Fund. Francis Alÿs: The Modern Procession, a project of the Public Art Fund, was presented on June 23, 2002. Video projectors and DVD players courtesy of Hitachi America, Ltd.