Bread and Roses: A Dinner-Symposium on Women and the Arts on November 6, 2016, presented at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions 2016-2017. Photo by Maggie Shannon.

Bread and Roses brings together a multigenerational mix of female-identifying artists, writers, and others to exchange ideas about women in the arts over food and drink. Hosted by MoMA PS1 with Pati Hertling, Mina Stone and Anicka Yi, the event features a dinner provided by Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, and toasts from Hannah Black, Justin Vivian Bond, Kimberly Drew, Eileen Myles and Alice Waters and distinguished others. Guests are prompted to wonder: What are our specific needs as creative people? How can we more actively support one other in our efforts? Drawing upon the Hellenic custom of the symposium (from the Greek sympinein “to drink together”) in which the ancients gathered amid feast, song, and dance to discourse on philosophical questions, this program combines serious discussion with celebration—out of the belief that debate, collectivity, and activism are produced by mind and body alike.

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.

VW Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant, Taja Cheek, Curatorial Assistant, and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer, and Lucy Lie, Production Coordinator.

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VW Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America, who have supported the program for five years since its inception.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2016–17.