The Museum of Modern Art, Café
Capital Exchange: A Dinner Event, January 23, 2013, and March 22, 2016, The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Paula Court. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

In collaboration with Chef Lynn Bound and Cafe 2, please join us for a special dinner event to celebrate the launch of Artists Experiment, an ongoing collaboration between MoMA’s Department of Education and four contemporary artists—Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, Caroline Woolard, Xaviera Simmons, and Kenneth Goldsmith—to develop programs that offer new opportunities for public engagement at MoMA.

The theme for this event, Capital Exchange, reflects a thread that is present in each of the participating artists’ ongoing experiments: an exploration of different notions of “capital,” ranging from the social and political to the cultural and historical. This event explores these ideas through a multisensory experience including sound, food, readings, and more. Join us to dine, drink, and learn more about exciting the events coming up at MoMA this season.

Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, in collaboration with Torolab’s Chef Diego Becerra and Cafe 2’s Chef Lynn Bound, created a menu inspired by classic 20th-century New York cuisine, with a modern-day ethnic twist.

Caroline Woolard will open the evening with a reflection on artist Eva Zeisel, the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at MoMA and the first woman to be commissioned by MoMA to create a limited edition of functional work for sale. Using the placebo as a symbol of value, guests will share in a collective experience with a special performance by singer Heather Christian.

Drawing from The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, poet Kenneth Goldsmith will share Brion Gysin’s special brownie recipe and Toklas’s response to Gysin’s scandalous contribution.

Drawing from her research in the MoMA library and archives, Xaviera Simmons will share a selection of her initial findings by presenting each guest with a special set of placemats inspired by images culled from artworks engaged and in reaction to major political movements of the 20th and 21st centuries from MoMa’s inception to the present—one for each course throughout the evening—as well as provide the evenings protest inspired soundtrack for the duration of the meal. The evening will end with a special performance by Xaviera and guest performers, including singer Teresa Mora.

Artists Experiment is an initiative in the Department of Education that brings contemporary artists into dialogue with MoMA educators to develop innovative and experimental approaches to public engagement. The Department of Education is currently collaborating with Michael Rakowitz on a forthcoming project. The artists who participated in past years of Artists Experiment are: 2017–18
Emily Spivack 2014–16
Nina Katchadourian 2013–14
Paul Ramirez Jonas
Allison Smith
The Office for Creative Research 2012–13
Raúl Cárdenas Osuna
Kenneth Goldsmith
Xaviera Simmons
Caroline Woolard

This event is part of Artists Experiment.