MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me

May 16–June 29, 2014

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Mezzanine

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Open hours: Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 1:00–5:00 p.m., Fridays 1:00–8:00 p.m.

Artist Project Demonstrations at MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me
Thursday–Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

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Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988, MoMA Studio: Breathe with Me is an interactive space that explores the intersections between art, therapeutic practice, and the ways in which we relate to objects and people through physical encounters. Taking Lygia Clark’s art as a reference point, the Studio presents a series of drop-in programs, participatory experiences, and artist-led workshops that reveal the profound resonance Clark’s work has had with contemporary artists. Collaborating artists include Ricardo Basbaum, Carlito Carvalhosa, Stephanie Diamond and Tamara Vanderwal, Michel Groisman, Jeanine Oleson, and Allison Smith.

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Artists Experiment is made possible by an endowment established by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

Ricardo Basbaum, <i>me-you: choreographies, games and exercises</i>, 2004. Workshop at Entre Pindorama, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart. Performed at the city of Stuttgart, Germany. Photos by Annete Krauss

Ricardo Basbaum, me-you: choreographies, games and exercises, 2004. Workshop at Entre Pindorama, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart. Performed at the city of Stuttgart, Germany. Photos by Annete Krauss

Ongoing Programming

Lygiaclarksensorypartial Lygia Clark’s Sensorial Objects

This section of the Studio features a selection of Lygia Clark’s “sensorial objects” that are best experienced in spaces of quiet and concentration. Each of these propositions is presented with an accompanying photograph and short description of how to activate the object. You are invited to join our Museum facilitators in a guided experience of these sensorial objects.

Caminhando (Walking) (1963)
Pedra e ar (Stone and air) (1966)
Agua e conchas (Water and shells) (1970)
Estruturas vivas (Living structures) (1969)
Rede de elasticos (Elastic net) (1974)
Respire comigo (Breathe with me) (1966)


Spectators: A Project by Stephanie Diamond and Tamara Vanderwal
MoMA Studio

Social practice artist Stephanie Diamond (American, b. 1975) and child psychiatrist Tamara Vanderwal (Canadian, b. 1976) present Spectators, a pamphlet-inspired object that uses mirrors and windows to alter the viewer's perspective and self-awareness. Visitors are invited to take a free copy of Spectators along as they explore MoMA Studio and beyond. Hold the object up to your eye and look through the two-way mirror, try out the step-by-step instructions, or simply read the story of the object as it unfolds. The artists will be present in the Studio on Saturday, June 28, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Allisonsmith_partial Joining Screens: A Project by Allison Smith
MoMA Studio

Artist Allison Smith (American, b. 1972) presents a conjoined series of hinged screens that can be arranged in a variety of configurations, offering a structure for multiple, simultaneous forms of engagement and connection. Inspired by Lygia Clark’s strategic use of the hinge as joint, interval, absence, and “in-betweenness,” Smith draws upon her past projects—including quilts that serve as backdrops and projection screens, silk parachutes that activate the air above an exhibition, and stage curtains that transform viewing spaces into platforms or arenas—and offers visitors the opportunity to reconfigure public and private space within the Studio. Proposing the notion of the art object as a medical or curative device—here one that provides intimacy and privacy within an institutional setting—the screens set the stage for a clinic for meditative and intimate experiences.

Film Series

Brazilianfilm_partialOn the Edge: Brazilian Film Experiments of the 1960s and Early 1970s
May 10–July 24

In conjunction with the exhibition Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988,, the Department of Film presents a film series that charts the era’s vibrant underground cinema scene. In direct dialogue with the marginal film movement, and in continuation of Lygia Clark’s abandonment of the production of “commodifiable” art objects, after 1968 numerous Brazilian artists turned to the moving image as a means for self-exploration and political resistance. Visit Visit MoMA.org/film for details.

Related Classes


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Lygia Clark: Objects, Bodies, and Other Matters
6:30–8:45 p.m., 6/17, 6/24, 7/1