“Artists at work” is a bit of a theme this week, from artist-hosted activities in MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me, to film programs that immerse viewers in the biographical and documentary practices of art making. Some of the highlights below offer ways for visitors to learn about and appreciate how artists work firsthand.
• On Monday, May 19, as part of Modern Mondays, artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz present their film To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation, which portrays their 2013 performance of Pauline Oliveros’s experimental score of the same name. The screening is followed by a conversation with Oliveros, moderated by Gregg Bordowitz.
• Special programming for MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me kicks off on Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21, with workshops with artist Carlito Carvalhosa that invite the public engagement exploring space, sound, and the body. Visit MoMA.org/studio for details and to reserve tickets.
• Take a close look at the work of one of the most beloved artists in MoMA’s collection with Focus: Henri Matisse, a Gallery Sessions tour on Wednesday, May 21. Explore how Matisse used line in works like Dance (I) (1909) and Red Studio (1911) and make your own sketches to explore his techniques.
• Escape a midweek rut and enjoy a classic film at MoMA. On Wednesday, May 21, Breakfast at Tiffany’s screens at 8:00 p.m. as part of An Auteurist History of Film Reprise, Part 2.
• See it to believe it. Catch a screening on Friday, May 23, of Foreigners Out! Schlingensief’s Container—a film that documents one of enfant terrible Christoph Schlingensief’s most controversial projects.
• Make a trip to MoMA PS1 before the exhibition of Maria Lassnig’s expressive self-portraits closes on Sunday, May 25. This comprehensive survey of her influential work—the most in-depth ever presented in the United States—is especially poignant after the artist’s very recent passing at age 94.