Uncontested Spaces: Guerilla Readings in the MoMA Galleries, March 22, 2013, The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Laura Beiles. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

As part of Kenneth Goldsmith’s “Poet Laureate” program, he and other renowned writers will appear in the galleries for guerrilla readings in front of works of art. They will read from a variety of sources, ranging from their own poetry and prose and the work of modern writers to obscure food writing, mathematical calculations, and old stories from the New York Sun.

On April 24 John Zorn will celebrate his 60th birthday at MoMA with live musical performances popping up in galleries across the museum. Performers include Chris Otto and Dave Fulmer, Erike Friedlander, John Zorn and Milford Graves, and Carl Emanuel and Kenny Wollesen.

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 artists who participated in past years of Artists Experiment are:

2017–18
Michael Rakowitz
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

  1. Wednesday, June 19, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Stefan Sagmeister and Tracie Morris
    The Museum of Modern Art
  2. Wednesday, June 12, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Christian Bök
    The Museum of Modern Art
  3. Wednesday, June 5, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Vanessa Place
    The Museum of Modern Art
  4. Wednesday, May 29, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Rob Fitterman & Kim Rosenfeld; Mónica de la Torre
    The Museum of Modern Art
  5. Wednesday, May 15, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Alex Ross
    The Museum of Modern Art
  6. Wednesday, April 24, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    John Zorn's 60th birthday celebration
    The Museum of Modern Art
  7. Wednesday, April 10, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Eileen Myles
    The Museum of Modern Art
  8. Wednesday, April 10, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Maira Kalman
    The Museum of Modern Art
  9. Wednesday, April 3, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Charles Bernstein reads Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven, the Russian Futurists, Marsden Hartley, Francis Picabia, Vasily Kandinsky, Kurt Schwitters, Guillaume Apollinaire, F. T. Marinetti, and his own work
    The Museum of Modern Art
  10. Wednesday, March 27, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Heidi Julavits tells stories about objects; Steven Zultanski gives a reading
    The Museum of Modern Art
  11. Wednesday, March 20, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Rick Moody and CAConrad
    The Museum of Modern Art
  12. Wednesday, March 13, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Tan Lin
    The Museum of Modern Art
  13. Friday, March 8, 2013,
    3:00 p.m.

    Kenneth Goldsmith reads selections from the writing of Samuel Beckett
    The Museum of Modern Art
  14. Wednesday, March 6, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    David Shields
    The Museum of Modern Art
  15. Friday, March 1, 2013,
    12:00 a.m.

    Kenneth Goldsmith reads Ted Berrigan’s “Train Ride”
    The Museum of Modern Art
  16. Wednesday, February 27, 2013,
    1:30 p.m.

    David Wondrich reads two pieces from The New York Sun, “SEEN ON A BRIDGE TRAIN: SEVEN LITTLE GIRLS AND A MAN WITH A VERY LARGE JAG” (1896) and “LOUIS’S LOADED BILLY GOAT: TOGO TORPEDOES HOBOS WHO LIBELED THE LUNCH” (1905)
    The Museum of Modern Art
  17. Wednesday, February 27, 2013,
    12:03 p.m.

    Melissa Clark reads “On Murdering Eels and Laundering Swine” by Betty Fussell
    The Museum of Modern Art
  18. Wednesday, February 20, 2013,
    12:30 p.m.

    Sheila Heti reads from her book How Should a Person Be? A Novel from Life
    The Museum of Modern Art
  19. Friday, February 15, 2013,
    3:00 p.m.

    Kenneth Goldsmith reads selections from the minimal poems of Aram Saroyan (composed between 1968 and 1972)
    The Museum of Modern Art
  20. Friday, February 8, 2013,
    3:00 p.m.

    Kenneth Goldsmith reads Blaise Cendrars
    The Museum of Modern Art
This performance is part of Artists Experiment.