Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 12:00–4:00 p.m.
The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor
The Performance Program is part of MoMA’s increased focus on the historical as well as the contemporary practice of performance-based art. The ongoing series brings documentation and reenactments of historic performances, thematic group exhibitions, solo presentations, and original performance works to various locations throughout the Museum.
In conjunction with MoMA's presentation of the recently acquired multichannel video installation 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, the Department of Media and Performance Art presents the live performance Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading. The performance comprises a four-hour public reading of unedited transcripts from 18 Combatant Status Review Tribunals held at the U.S. military prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, between July 2004 and March 2005. During the performance nine readers rotate through eight juridical positions. The artist group—consisting of Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne—views the performance as a simple yet vital gesture towards making these tribunals public. Both works, 9 Scripts from a Nation at War and Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading premiered at Documenta 12 in 2007.
In conjunction with the exhibitions Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading, 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, and Words in the World
Free with Museum admission