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Grand Openings Return of the Blogs

July 20–August 1, 2011

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

For daily updates on Grand Openings Return of the Blogs, visit the Grand Openings Calendar Page or the information monitor and wall calendar in The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium. Some performances occur in other locations in the Museum; stop by the Marron Atrium for performance locations.

Presented as part of MoMA's ongoing Performance Program

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MoMA’s Performance Program resumes with a new commission by the New York–based artist collective Grand Openings. In collaboration with musicians, performance art scholars, sound artists, filmmakers, writers, and friends, the group is composing a multifaceted live program that relates to the history of performance art in general, as well as MoMA’s particular institutional structure. Some sections are informed by encounters with the Museum Archives, current exhibitions, the Museum's architecture, and staff members; others are indirect meditations on the practice of performing itself. The title of the program, Grand Openings Return of the Blogs, refers to an additional documentary element of the work—a daily account of the actions in the form of handwritten texts, fabricated objects, and audio podcasts—which will be presented in the gallery space and on MoMA.org.

Grand Openings comprises five core members—Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Jay Sanders, Emily Sundblad, and Stefan Tcherepnin—with different backgrounds in art, music, curating, and criticism. Their partly scripted, partly improvised actions; loose choreographies; musical scores; and acts of self-reflection coexist within a chaotic structure.

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Grand Openings Return of the Blogs is organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, and Jenny Schlenzka, Assistant Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.

The Performance Program is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.
Grand Openings with Daishiro Mori/Sen Uesaki. <i>The Calendar of the Dead (Lee Williams Version 1 & 2)</i>. 2011. Courtesy the artists

Grand Openings with Daishiro Mori/Sen Uesaki. The Calendar of the Dead (Lee Williams Version 1 & 2). 2011. Courtesy the artists



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