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Gallery Sessions are creative exploratory experiences facilitated by Museum educators that allow visitors a unique perspective on works in the galleries, art history, and the creative process. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the daily schedule. Gallery Sessions are free with Museum admission. No registration is required.

Sign language–interpreted Gallery Sessions are held every fourth Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks.

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Panels & Symposia

98448

Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
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Held in conjunction with the exhibition Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness—the first retrospective ever in the US mounted of the artist—a series of scholarly presentations and creative disruptions address issues in Williams’s work from its engagement with the history of early 20th century avant-garde photography and film, epic dramaturgy, the society of the spectacle, and installation as a medium. Participants include Devin Fore, Associate Professor of German, Princeton University; Julia Robinson, Assistant Professor Department of Art History, New York University; R.H. Quaytman, artist; John Kelsey, artist and art critic; John Miller, artist and Professor of Professional Practice, Department of Art History, Visual Arts Concentration, Barnard College/Columbia University, and Jeff Wall, artist. Moderated by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, Department of Photography and organizer of the exhibition at MoMA.

Program

Adult Programs

When

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Fees
Tickets ($15; $10 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.
Performances & Readings

106908

MoMA Nights with THEESatisfaction

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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Tonight's Musical Performance: THEESatisfaction

Stasia “Stas” Irons and Catherine “Cat” Harris-White, vocals and electronics

The sound of the Seattle-based THEESatisfaction infuses funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of black jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker, and Q-Tip. Rapper Irons and singer Harris-White write, perform, and produce their own material. Immediately embraced for their singular sound, unflinching commentary, and immortal groove, they have made friends, fans, and new family from coast to coast through a combination of sharp digital hustle and self-organized tours that connect them to like minds everywhere. The band’s debut full-length album, awE NaturalE, was released by Sub Pop in 2012. Pop Matters praised it as “a powerful testament to hip-hop’s potential for challenging, inspiring, and pushing beyond the boundaries of genre toward new and exciting forms of hybridity and interconnection.”

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Musical acts for the 2014 series feature an array of vibrant, creative women who are making their mark on today’s music scene. Veterans and up-and-coming artists perform a range of musical styles, including dream and synth pop, alt-folk, surf rock, neo-soul, and pop punk.

The series was organized in collaboration with PopRally, MoMA’s cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA and MoMA PS1.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells savory and sweet treats, including locally made gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.

Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special “urban picnic” fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at reservations@artfoodny.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The “urban picnic” menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.

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Program

MoMA Nights

When

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

106923

MoMA Nights with Widowspeak

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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Tonight's Musical Performance: Widowspeak

Molly Hamilton, vocals and guitar; Robert Earl Thomas, guitar

Widowspeak is an American band known for its wistful, Western-tinged take on rock ‘n’ roll. The group formed in 2010 and released two singles in 2011 ("Harsh Realm" and "Gun Shy") followed by a self-titled debut album that summer, all on the Brooklyn label Captured Tracks. Widowspeak has been praised for its reverential spaciousness, Hamilton’s haunting voice, and Thomas’s spindly, Morricone-esque guitar lines. The music draws on 1950s pop ballads and 1970s psych, and features languid call-and-response melodies. The band has toured extensively, wearing in its warm, nostalgic sound. The Swamps is Widowspeak’s newest release. Here the band’s characteristic sonic landscapes, poignant harmonies, and layers of delicate guitar-work usher in a new chapter. Inspired by the light-choked wetlands of its title, the album brims with songs about fears of stagnation and the pitfalls of nostalgia, but never relinquishes Widowspeak’s melodic optimism.

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Musical acts for the 2014 series feature an array of vibrant, creative women who are making their mark on today’s music scene. Veterans and up-and-coming artists perform a range of musical styles, including dream and synth pop, alt-folk, surf rock, neo-soul, and pop punk.

The series was organized in collaboration with PopRally, MoMA’s cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA and MoMA PS1.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells savory and sweet treats, including locally made gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.

Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special “urban picnic” fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at reservations@artfoodny.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The “urban picnic” menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.

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Program

MoMA Nights

When

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

The Practice

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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Trajal Harrell’s project In one step are a thousand animals begins in September with The Practice, in which he will offer insights into his working methods, inviting participation from internationally renowned musicians, composers, DJs, singers, and dancers. He will make the working process visible to spectators over two days in three two-hour sessions.

When

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

Where
The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Lobby Gallery, fourth floor

The Practice

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
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Trajal Harrell’s project In one step are a thousand animals begins in September with The Practice, in which he will offer insights into his working methods, inviting participation from internationally renowned musicians, composers, DJs, singers, and dancers. He will make the working process visible to spectators over two days in three two-hour sessions.

When

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.

Where
The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Lobby Gallery, fourth floor

The Practice

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
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Trajal Harrell’s project In one step are a thousand animals begins in September with The Practice, in which he will offer insights into his working methods, inviting participation from internationally renowned musicians, composers, DJs, singers, and dancers. He will make the working process visible to spectators over two days in three two-hour sessions.

When

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 3:30 p.m. –5:30 p.m.

Where
The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Lobby Gallery, fourth floor

The Practice

Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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Trajal Harrell’s project In one step are a thousand animals begins in September with The Practice, in which he will offer insights into his working methods, inviting participation from internationally renowned musicians, composers, DJs, singers, and dancers. He will make the working process visible to spectators over two days in three two-hour sessions.

When

Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

Where
The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Lobby Gallery, fourth floor

The Practice

Friday, September 5, 2014, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
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Trajal Harrell’s project In one step are a thousand animals begins in September with The Practice, in which he will offer insights into his working methods, inviting participation from internationally renowned musicians, composers, DJs, singers, and dancers. He will make the working process visible to spectators over two days in three two-hour sessions.

When

Friday, September 5, 2014, 1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.

Where
The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Lobby Gallery, fourth floor

The Practice

Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
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Trajal Harrell’s project In one step are a thousand animals begins in September with The Practice, in which he will offer insights into his working methods, inviting participation from internationally renowned musicians, composers, DJs, singers, and dancers. He will make the working process visible to spectators over two days in three two-hour sessions.

When

Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:30 p.m. –5:30 p.m.

Where
The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Lobby Gallery, fourth floor
109653

Charles Gaines: Manifestos 2

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
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MoMA is pleased to premiere the live performance of Charles Gaines’s Manifestos 2 (2013), in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem. A pioneer of Conceptual art, the Los Angeles–based artist has worked with composer Sean Griffin to translate language from four influential speeches or manifestos into musical notation: Malcolm X’s last public speech, made in 1965 in Detroit’s Ford Auditorium; Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999), by Canadian Mohawk scholar and activist Taiaiake Alfred; "Indocumentalismo Manifesto—an Emerging Socio-Political Ideological Identity" (2010), by Raúl Alcaraz and Daniel Carrillo; and the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, written by French activist and writer Olympe De Gouges in 1791. Using an arbitrary rule-based system translating each letter into its corresponding musical note (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and treating each letter without a correlating note as a silent musical rest, Gaines has established a relationship between the structures of language and music; Manifestos 2 explores how the emotive properties of music affect the content of the manifestos and their interpretation.

For the performance, Griffin will conduct a nine-piece ensemble, bringing the scores to life. The performance is followed by a conversation with Gaines and Griffin; Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art; and Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

The performance also coincides with the exhibition Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989, on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem through October 26.

When

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Fees
Tickets will be available online.