For the opening of Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers, Leckey activates his Sound Systems (2001–12), a series of massive anthropomorphic speaker towers, in front of a live audience. In 2003, Leckey’s first Sound System performance, BigBoxStatueAction, at Tate Britain, featured one of his speaker towers with Jacob Epstein’s classic modernist sculpture Jacob and the Angel (1940–41), blasting songs ranging from the Beach Boys’ “Our Prayer” to Throbbing Gristle’s “Persuasion.” In doing so Leckey contrasted Epstein’s massive alabaster sculpture, inherently static, silent and invariable with the fleeting, continuously changing and invisible material that is sound. Far from a critique of sculpture, Leckey considers this acoustic set-up a different form of art appreciation, one that is intuitive and communal.
Following the performance, Leckey will speak with two of the exhibition’s curators, Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs, MoMA PS1, and Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art.
MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.
Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.