Celebrating Kraftwerk, 2012, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2012 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Loren Wohl


3:00–6:00 p.m.· Celebrating Kraftwerk: DJ Afrika Bambaataa
2:00–3:00 p.m.· Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, I—XVIII
3:00–4:00 p.m.· A Short Course on Resistance

Celebrating Kraftwerk: DJ Afrika Bambaataa
3:00–6:00 p.m.

Celebrating Kraftwerk’s extensive influence on electronic music, MoMA PS1 invites distinguished DJs and producers to play tribute sets in the installation Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. On four consecutive weekends, the musicians explore different facets of the group’s pioneering sound that influenced musical styles as diverse as Electro-Funk, Disco, New Wave, Techno, and Hip-Hop.

In 1982 Africa Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force sampled Kraftwerk’s “Trans Europe Express” to create “Planet Rock”, one of Hip-Hop’s first hymns. Like many Rap and Hip-Hop musicians after him, Bambaataa used Kraftwerk’s melodies and sound inventions to electronically reinvent the rhythmic complexity of black dance music.

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, I—XVIII
2:00–3:00 PM

Between 2008 and 2011, Taryn Simon traveled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. In each of the 18 chapters that make up the resulting work, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, I—XVIII, the external forces of territory, power, circumstance or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. In conjunction with her solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Simon presents the extensive exhibition catalog in conversation with Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1.

A Short Course on Resistance
3:00–4:00 PM

Join Artbook @ MoMA PS1 for the first discussion group in A Short Course on Resistance.

The book club segment of A Short Course on Resistance meets on consecutive Sundays at MoMA PS1 from May until August to discuss several books, initiating with a discussion of Simon Critchley’s book Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance. Critchley, the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at The New School, joins the book club on May 20 for a Q&A session.

A Short Course on Resistance is free and open to the public at MoMA PS1 and facilitated by Artbook @ MoMA PS1.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and film, the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.

Sunday Sessions is supported in part by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I – XVIII is organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art. Generous support for the exhibition is provided by Robert B. Menschel and by Aaron and Barbara Levine.