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Artists Experiment is an annual initiative in the Department of Education that brings together contemporary artists in dialogue with MoMA educators to conceptualize ideas for developing innovative and experimental public interactions.

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We are pleased to announce the artists who will be participating in the 2014–15 season of Artists Experiment: Nina Katchadourian and Michael Rakowtiz, along with The Office For Creative Research.

More information on upcoming Artists Experiment programs and how to participate will be available soon.


2013–14 Overview

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Paul Ramirez Jonas

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Paul Ramirez Jonas thinks of his artworks and projects as monuments, insofar as they are consciously being made for a public. He is interested in articulating shared stories and histories, working with and transforming different forms of public art and public symbols. In 2010, his Key to the City project was presented by Creative Time in cooperation with the City of New York. Ramirez Jonas lives and works in New York City and has been an associate professor at Hunter College since 2007.

Paul Ramirez Jonas worked with the Department of Education to organize two sessions of MoMACopyShop in collaboration with the MoMA Bookstore. CopyShop invited visitors to create their own books using MoMA brochures, publications, paper, and other ephemera to map their day at the Museum. Ramirez Jonas also collaborated with Lynn Bound, Executive Chef at MoMA's Cafe 2, to create the evening’s menu for our launch event in January, Social Exchange: An Artists’ Reception.


Allison Smith

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Allison Smith’s work investigates the cultural phenomenon of historical reenactment, or “living history,” using it as a means of addressing the relationship between American history, social activism, craft, and queer identity. Smith, who lives and works in San Francisco, is currently a tenured professor at the California College of the Arts, where she serves as chair of the sculpture program.

Allison Smith collaborated with the Department of Education to organize a range of public workshops and programs that explored the connections between her interests in craft, the handmade, and art therapy and MoMA’s collection and history. Allison Smith: American Pre-Modern, a two-day workshop, explored the relationship between abstraction in colonial-era American craft and modernism. Her work continued in MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me where she created the ongoing installation Joining Screens and led a Needle Workshop. Smith also co-curated this year’s Contemporary Art Forum: The Curative Object, which included a public conference at MoMA and a closed-door session at The Art Barge in Amagansett, New York. Finally, Smith created samples of pre-modern textiles as gifts for attendees at Social Exchange: An Artists’ Reception.


The Office for Creative Research

Jer Thorp, Ben Rubin, and Mark Hansen
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The Office for Creative Research is a multidisciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data, through unique practices that borrow from science, technology, and the arts. By partnering with institutions, organizations, laboratories, and individuals, O-C-R investigates novel problems, explores innovative ideas, and answers big questions.

The Office For Creative Research (OCR), whose collaboration with MoMA will continue through 2015, developed a performance, a workshop, and a public event exploring MoMA’s collections and the use of archives in art making as a form of interpretation. Archives as Instigator Part I: Discussion and Part II: Workshop looked at the creative use of archives for art making, research, and installation.

OCR also collaborated with Elevator Repair Service (ERS) to develop a live performance using only MoMA’s collection as source material for the script. The performance debuted at Social Exchange: An Artists’ Reception, and will continue to be developed with ERS for gallery spaces in 2015.

Jer Thorp is an adjunct professor in New York University’s ITP program and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation. From 2010 to 2012, he was Data Artist in Residence at The New York Times. Thorp has over a decade of teaching experience and was an artist-in-residence at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 2013, Jer was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Mark Hansen is a professor of journalism and Director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation. Hansen holds a PhD and MA in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in applied math from the University of California, Davis.

Ben Rubin is an internationally renowned media artist based in New York City. Ben has worked closely with major figures in contemporary culture, including composer Steve Reich; architects Pelli Clarke Pelli, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Renzo Piano; performer Laurie Anderson; and others. Rubin has taught at the Bard College MFA program, NYU, and the Yale School of Art, where he was appointed critic in graphic design in 2004.


Raúl Cárdenas Osuna

Artist, Founder & Director of Torolab
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Raúl Cárdenas Osuna is the founder and director of Torolab, a collective workshop and laboratory of contextual studies that identifies situations or phenomena of interest for research, with a focus on the realm of lifestyles and the idea of "quality of life." He holds a degree in architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana and a MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Osuna's work has been exhibited internationally and his work is in private and public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the Jumex collection in Mexico. He has twice received the American Center foundation award and a Rockefeller Foundation grant. His writing has been published in The New York Times, Time, Harvard Political Review, The Boston Globe, Surface, Wallpaper, and i-D, among others. In October 2011, Osuna was awarded for best arts-intervention project with social impact by Harvard's Cultural Agents Initiative, and in December 2011 he was named Person of the Year by Tijuana's Frontera newspaper. He is currently director of the nonprofit organization Sociedad de Agentes de Cambio, and he is director of the Digital Table for the Metropolitan Strategic Plan of Tecate-Rosarito-Tijuana.

Osuna collaborated with the Department of Education to develop the menu and program for Capital Exchange: A Dinner Event on January 23, 2013.


Kenneth Goldsmith

Poet & Founder of UbuWeb
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Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of 10 books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which was the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," that premiered in Geneva in 2007. A documentary on his work, Sucking on Words, was first shown at the British Library in 2007. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He held The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship in American Studies at Princeton University for 2009–10 and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. In May 2011, he was invited to read at The White House, where he also held a poetry workshop with First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2011, he co-edited Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, and published a book of essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age. In 2012, dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany, published his Letter To Bettina Funcke as part of their "100 Notes - 100 Thoughts" book series.

Goldsmith, in conjunction with the Department of Education at MOMA, organized a range of programs including Uncontested Spaces: Guerilla Readings in the MoMA Galleries with notable artist and writers including David Shields, Rob Fitterman, Vito Aconci and a special series of performances organized by John Zorn. Goldsmith also gave a talk about this own work and organized an exciting city bus tour.


Xaviera Simmons

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Xaviera Simmons produces installations, sculptures, photographic, audio, and performative works. Born in New York, Simmons received a BFA in photography from Bard College in 2004 after spending two years of walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005) and a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio (2006). Simmons has exhibited nationally and internationally at The Museum of Modern Art (2011); Greater New York at MoMA PS1, (2010); The Studio Museum In Harlem (2010); Zacheta National Art Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; and Art in General, New York. She is a recipient of The David Driskell Prize, a Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship and an Art Matters Fellowship, and was a 2012 AIR at The Studio Museum In Harlem. Selected exhibitions on view in 2012 include: The Utah Museum Of Fine Arts; The Corcoran Gallery Of Art, D.C.; The Miami Art Museum; and The CIC, Cairo. Simmons will be a visiting critic and lecturer in the Graduate Department of Sculpture at Yale University in 2012–2013. Her works are in major collections including Deutsche Bank, The Guggenheim Museum, The High Museum of Art, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Simmons collaborated with the Department of Education to organize a series of events inspired by her research in MoMA’s library. Her project, Archive as Impetus, included a series of in-gallery performances as well as a printmaking workshop that explored the political history of the museum.


Caroline Woolard

Artist and Cofounder of OurGoods.org & Trade School
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Caroline Woolard is a co-founder of OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop, two barter economies for cultural producers. Exploring the political economy and civic engagement, her work is often collaborative and takes many forms: sculptures, websites, workshops, installations and performances. This work has been supported by the Walker Art Center, Cooper Union, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, a Watermill Center residency, Esterni Milan, the optimism of strangers, unemployment benefits, upper class etiquette, and grants from iLAND, The Field, and the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund. Woolard is currently teaching at the New School, doing a Fellowship at Eyebeam: Art and Technology Center, and coordinating media efforts for SolidarityNYC.org, an organization that seeks to connect, support, and promote grassroots economic justice groups in New York City.

Woolard worked with the Department of Education to develop and design the participatory drop-in space, MoMA Studio: Exchange Café and an innovative series of Peer Learning Groups. In conjunction with MoMA Studio, Woolard also organized public discussions with Ted Purves and Shane Selzer, MoMA Educators, and her own collaborators from OurGoods.org.