Nora Schultz. <i>Countdown Performance</i>. 2007. 11 chromogenic color photographs, each: 11 5/8 x 9 3/16" (29.5 x 23.4 cm). Courtesy Campoli Presti, London/Paris © Nora Schultz

Nora Schultz with Ei Arakawa. Countdown Performance. 2007/2012

Monday, April 30, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Bauhaus staircase, 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.

Nora Schultz (German, b. 1975), together with New York–based artist Ei Arakawa (b. 1977), performs a countdown from 10 to zero, bending a thin, flexible length of stainless steel into the form of each successive number. Because of the malleable nature of the material, each new number carries traces of the previous bended forms, and the steel becomes increasingly warped. The work confronts material transformation and the accumulation of allegory through simple means, from neutrality through action. Zero—the return to neutrality—is impossible to achieve once the material has been loaded with the history of its transformations.

In conjunction with the exhibition Words in the World

Free with Museum admission