Archive as Impetus (Not on View)
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, first floor, exterior
Artists Experiment is an annual initiative in the Department of Education that brings together contemporary artists in dialogue with MoMA educators to conceptualize ideas for developing innovative and experimental public interactions. Learn more
Artist Xaviera Simmons, inspired by the model of the tour guide and the idea of a "museum agitator," organizes a range of “information breaks” aimed at opening up a dialogue about MoMA's vast institutional history and holdings. These performance actions present materials from Simmons's research via public displays of content and images in the Museum. Simmons, along with educators and invited performers, engages visitors with short readings, images, and conversations. This program is part of Artists Experiment, a collaboration between Xaviera Simmons and the department of Education intended to develop innovative and experimental public engagement.
Archive as Impetus (Not on View) constructs a political line through MoMA's early exhibitions, institutional correspondence, artist interventions, collection works, and present-day conflicts, offering a look at how the Museum has presented, collected, challenged, and instigated day-to-day political movements since its inception. A series of in-gallery actions, a screenprinting workshop, and a podcast series illuminate the project. These actions aim to pull historical materials out of computers, texts, and papers in order to bring them into the present moment in a performative and informative manner.
Special thanks to David Castillo Gallery, Vanessa Webster at Chadwick Bell, and Juan Quiceno for costume design support and assistance.
Archive as Impetus Performers: Belinda Becker, Kerry Downey, Stina Puotinen, Mark Dzula, Leah Wolf, and Rebecca Goyette