Dean Moss. Rehearsal for Voluntaries. 2012. With Sari Nordman and Asher Woodworth. Photo: Dean Moss. © 2012 Dean Moss

Dean Moss and Laylah Ali, Voluntaries

Saturday, October 27, 2012, 1:00 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.

American choreographer Dean Moss (b. 1954) works across disciplines, mediums, and cultural boundaries in collaborative performances that probe subjects of identity and perception, and promote audience participation. For his MoMA commission in the Marron Atrium, Voluntaries, Moss invited visual artist Laylah Ali to join him in a work reexamining the legacy of John Brown, a white abolitionist who attempted an armed slave revolt in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859, resulting in his capture and execution. Performance approx. 30 min.

A response with Dean Moss and Faustin Linyekula will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibition Some sweet day