Sigmar Polke (German, 1941–2010). Untitled. c. 1975. Gelatin silver print. 7 1/16 x 9 7/16″ (18 x 23.9 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Edgar Wachenheim III and Ronald S. Lauder. © 2014 Estate of Sigmar Polke/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

PopRally Presents Decoding Alibis, an Interactive Event Exploring Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

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Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963-2010
Kathy Halbreich with Mark Godfrey, Lanka Tattersall, and Magnus Schaefer

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Join PopRally for Decoding Alibis, an interactive evening exploring the retrospective Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010. Decoding Alibis invites visitors to wander the exhibition while five special guests—a cultural historian, a hallucinogen expert, a conservator, a magician, and a palm reader—are stationed throughout the galleries to illuminate aspects of Sigmar Polke's complex body of work through the lens of each expertise.

Guests can explore freely in the galleries and choose how they would like to experience the event. Polke's multifaceted work often explores issues of perception, chaos, and chance, and this special evening allows you to be immersed in the artist's layered universe of imagery, symbolism, history, and myth.

Featured Guests
Magnus Schaefer, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA
Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief, Hyperallergic
Anny Aviram, Conservator, MoMA
Matthew Holtzclaw, magician
Psychic Lauren, palm reader
Daniel Pinchbeck, author and expert in psychedelic shamanism
Frank Trommler, cultural historian and Professor Emeritus of German, University of Pennsylvania

Admission includes a cocktail reception and DJ set in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, and exclusive access to Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 after Museum hours.

Media Sponsorship for Decoding Alibis is provided by art blogazine Hyperallergic

Special Thanks to Sud de France wines: Saint-Hilaire, Sieur d’Arques, Jaja de Jau, and Château Fontanche. Beer for this event has been provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

You must be 21 or older to attend this event.

In conjunction with the exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

PopRally is a series of events at MoMA and MoMA PS1 that serve as a gateway for young and diverse audiences to engage with the Museum. Led by a cross-departmental committee of Museum staff, PopRally produces dynamic programs including artist collaborations, performances, film screenings, and digital content that encourage new and experimental ways of engaging with modern and contemporary art.

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Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Introductory remarks begin promptly at 7:15 p.m., followed by interactive talks and performances in the galleries throughout the evening.

Tickets are $15, $13 for members.