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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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Performances & Readings

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

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?. 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?

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?. 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?

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?. 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.

The June 13 performance is followed by a conversation between Rainer; writer Lynne Tilman; Douglas Crimp, University of Rochester; and Ana Janevski, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA.

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?

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?. 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.

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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