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GALLERY SESSIONS

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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.

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Panels & Symposia

Latin American Incrementalism: From PREVI to the Present

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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This daylong symposium explores the contributions of Latin American progressive housing strategies and participatory design to architecture and urban development. Beginning with an analysis of the precedent-setting Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda (PREVI), developed in the late 1960s in Peru, the symposium examines the spectrum of more recent strategies in Latin America, where architects and local communities use the intense need for housing and usable public space as premises for their “incrementalist” design solutions.

Participants include Barry Bergdoll, Lucía Calcagno, Rosalie Genevro, Catalina Justiniano, Peter Land, Manuel Llanos, Fernando Luíz Lara, Alejandro de Castro Mazarro, Patricio del Real, and Felicity Scott.

When

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Fees
This program is presented by The Architectural League of New York, Columbia University Latin Lab, and The Museum of Modern Art. Tickets are free for League and MoMA members and Columbia University students and faculty. To reserve a ticket, e-mail rsvp@archleague.org. Tickets ($20 for the general public) are available online. Tickets are will-call only. Space permitting, additional tickets will be available at the door, cash only, on the day of the symposium.
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Latin American Modernism at Risk: Preservation Challenges for World Monuments Watch Sites

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
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Latin American Modernism at Risk explores the preservation challenges, including changing economies, modernization, and development, being faced by modern buildings and sites in Latin America today.

Using a selection of World Monuments Watch sites in Latin America featured in MoMA's exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980, scholars and experts who know the sites best will examine their significance and the threats to their survival. This event is hosted by the World Monuments Fund.

Program: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Reception: 7:30–8:30 p.m.

When

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Fees

Program

Introductory Remarks
Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art

Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President, World Monuments Fund

Speakers
Claudio Vekstein, Professor, Arizona State University
Casa Sobre el Arroyo (Argentina)

Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, author, The Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925–1965
National Art Schools (Cuba)

Javier Ramirez Campuzano, Vice President, Patronato Ruta de la Amistad
Ruta de la Amistad (Mexico)

Enrique Vivoni, author, Klumb: An Architecture of Social Concern
Henry Klumb House (Puerto Rico)

Paulina Villanueva, Director, Fundacion Villanueva
Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas (Venezuela)

Panel Q&A
Moderator: Barry Bergdoll

Closing Remarks
Lisa Ackerman

Reception
Includes a book signing with John Loomis, San Jose State University, and author, Revolution of Forms (Spanish edition)

Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

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What is a Decent City? Reflections on Uneven Growth

Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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This event asks, “What is a Decent City?” Gathering architects and social scientists, it will reflect on how cities should grow, become more inclusive, and be designed to lessen prospects of ugly things happening between urban communities. These themes appear inside the “Uneven Growth” exhibit, the motivation and frame of reference for this conversation.

Welcome remarks, Pedro Gadanho
Introduction, Ira Katznelson
Presentations, Jose Castillo, Diane Davis, and Marion Weiss
Round-table session with Castillo, Davis, and Weiss (moderated by Margaret Levi)

Participants incude:
Jose Castillo, Principal, arquitectura 911 sc, and Harvard University
Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Museum of Modern Art
Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University and President, Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Margaret Levi, Director, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Marion Weiss, Graham Chair Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design and cofounder, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

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When

Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Performances & Readings

Sunday Sessions: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts: YOU BETTA WERK

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
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YOU BETTA WERK celebrates two seminal liberation movements that emerged out of Harlem: the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, a trailblazing African-American-led labor union founded in 1925, and the influential House and Ballroom scene immortalized by the 1991 documentary Paris is Burning. Participants include scholars Davarian Baldwin and Uri McMillan and Alicia Garza, special projects director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter.

YOU BETTA WERK is organized by historian Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.

When

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

Where
MoMA PS1
Fees
Tickets ($15; $10 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online at MoMAPS1.org. For more information, please visit: momaps1.org/calendar/view/561
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Debut Reading of the Migration Series Poetry Suite

Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
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In conjunction with One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, MoMA has commissioned ten celebrated poets, selected by Elizabeth Alexander, to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, which are included in the exhibition catalogue and website. This event, moderated by Alexander, presents debut readings of these poems by Rita Dove, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Patricia Spears Jones, Natasha Trethewey, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Crystal Williams, and Kevin Young.

When

Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Where
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
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, or at the Film desk after 4:00 p.m.

Stratocaster Sessions

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye
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Join us for a pop-up Stratocaster Session in the exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye. Come see a MoMA musician demonstrate our recently acquired 1957 Fender Stratocaster and 1959 Bassman amp live in the gallery.

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When

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

Stratocaster Sessions

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye
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Join us for a pop-up Stratocaster Session in the exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye. Come see a MoMA musician demonstrate our recently acquired 1957 Fender Stratocaster and 1959 Bassman amp live in the gallery.

Can't make this event? This event also occurs on:

When

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

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Yvonne Rainer: The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (Moving On)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
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The Museum of Modern Art presents the East Coast premiere of Yvonne Rainer's The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (Moving On). This ongoing work-in-progress interweaves formal dance with personal themes of aging and mortality, humor, and diverse texts—intermittently read by Rainer and the dancers—dealing with ancient Mideast dynasties, paleontological findings, and literary quotations. Language—here running parallel to the music (Gavin Bryars's "The Sinking of the Titanic”) and dance movements, at times interrupting the latter—continues to be an important coordinate in Rainer's work. All three elements—language, music, and movement—combine to create a somewhat melancholy ambiance. The performers in The Concept of Dust have been given the freedom to initiate and/or abort the movement phrases as they wish, making spontaneous decisions throughout the 45-minute duration of the piece. Originally commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and Performa, the MoMA performance will incorporate a yet-to-be-revealed work from the Museum’s collection that has fascinated Rainer since her arrival in New York in 1956.

When

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

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Yvonne Rainer: The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (Moving On)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
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The Museum of Modern Art presents the East Coast premiere of Yvonne Rainer's The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (Moving On). This ongoing work-in-progress interweaves formal dance with personal themes of aging and mortality, humor, and diverse texts—intermittently read by Rainer and the dancers—dealing with ancient Mideast dynasties, paleontological findings, and literary quotations. Language—here running parallel to the music (Gavin Bryars's "The Sinking of the Titanic”) and dance movements, at times interrupting the latter—continues to be an important coordinate in Rainer's work. All three elements—language, music, and movement—combine to create a somewhat melancholy ambiance. The performers in The Concept of Dust have been given the freedom to initiate and/or abort the movement phrases as they wish, making spontaneous decisions throughout the 45-minute duration of the piece. Originally commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and Performa, the MoMA performance will incorporate a yet-to-be-revealed work from the Museum’s collection that has fascinated Rainer since her arrival in New York in 1956.

When

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

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Yvonne Rainer: The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (Moving On)

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
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The Museum of Modern Art presents the East Coast premiere of Yvonne Rainer's The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (Moving On). This ongoing work-in-progress interweaves formal dance with personal themes of aging and mortality, humor, and diverse texts—intermittently read by Rainer and the dancers—dealing with ancient Mideast dynasties, paleontological findings, and literary quotations. Language—here running parallel to the music (Gavin Bryars's "The Sinking of the Titanic”) and dance movements, at times interrupting the latter—continues to be an important coordinate in Rainer's work. All three elements—language, music, and movement—combine to create a somewhat melancholy ambiance. The performers in The Concept of Dust have been given the freedom to initiate and/or abort the movement phrases as they wish, making spontaneous decisions throughout the 45-minute duration of the piece. Originally commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and Performa, the MoMA performance will incorporate a yet-to-be-revealed work from the Museum’s collection that has fascinated Rainer since her arrival in New York in 1956.

When

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

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Yvonne Rainer: The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (Moving On)

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
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The Museum of Modern Art presents the East Coast premiere of Yvonne Rainer's The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (Moving On). This ongoing work-in-progress interweaves formal dance with personal themes of aging and mortality, humor, and diverse texts—intermittently read by Rainer and the dancers—dealing with ancient Mideast dynasties, paleontological findings, and literary quotations. Language—here running parallel to the music (Gavin Bryars's "The Sinking of the Titanic”) and dance movements, at times interrupting the latter—continues to be an important coordinate in Rainer's work. All three elements—language, music, and movement—combine to create a somewhat melancholy ambiance. The performers in The Concept of Dust have been given the freedom to initiate and/or abort the movement phrases as they wish, making spontaneous decisions throughout the 45-minute duration of the piece. Originally commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and Performa, the MoMA performance will incorporate a yet-to-be-revealed work from the Museum’s collection that has fascinated Rainer since her arrival in New York in 1956.

When

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
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In conjunction with the exhibition One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison (American, b. 1981) presents her new multipart commission Promise Machine.

As a part of this commission, Jemison presents her first musical collaboration at the Museum on June 25th and 27th. Jemison's libretto is inspired by conversations with members of Harlem-based community organizations about black American literary and political visions of an ideal society. The performance is structure as a processional during which the performers address specific works in MoMA's collection including selections from Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series.

Beginning in the 5th Floor Painting and Sculpture Permanent Collection galleries, the performers will move down through the 4th floor galleries and into the Jacob Lawrence exhibition itself.

When

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

Where
Fifth floor

Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
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In conjunction with the exhibition One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison (American, b. 1981) presents her new multipart commission Promise Machine.

As a part of this commission, Jemison presents her first musical collaboration at the Museum on June 25th and 27th. Jemison's libretto is inspired by conversations with members of Harlem-based community organizations about black American literary and political visions of an ideal society. The performance is structure as a processional during which the performers address specific works in MoMA's collection including selections from Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series.

Beginning in the 5th Floor Painting and Sculpture Permanent Collection galleries, the performers will move down through the 4th floor galleries and into the Jacob Lawrence exhibition itself.

When

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Where
Fifth floor

Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
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In conjunction with the exhibition One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison (American, b. 1981) presents her new multipart commission Promise Machine.

As a part of this commission, Jemison presents her first musical collaboration at the Museum on June 25th and 27th. Jemison's libretto is inspired by conversations with members of Harlem-based community organizations about black American literary and political visions of an ideal society. The performance is structure as a processional during which the performers address specific works in MoMA's collection including selections from Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series.

Beginning in the 5th Floor Painting and Sculpture Permanent Collection galleries, the performers will move down through the 4th floor galleries and into the Jacob Lawrence exhibition itself.

When

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

Where
Fifth floor

Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
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In conjunction with the exhibition One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison (American, b. 1981) presents her new multipart commission Promise Machine.

As a part of this commission, Jemison presents her first musical collaboration at the Museum on June 25th and 27th. Jemison's libretto is inspired by conversations with members of Harlem-based community organizations about black American literary and political visions of an ideal society. The performance is structure as a processional during which the performers address specific works in MoMA's collection including selections from Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series.

Beginning in the 5th Floor Painting and Sculpture Permanent Collection galleries, the performers will move down through the 4th floor galleries and into the Jacob Lawrence exhibition itself.

When

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Where
Fifth floor