*Now DIg This!*, 2013, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions.. © 2013 MoMA PS1, New York.


12:00–3:00 p.m. · Mårten Spångberg: The Dancing Seminar: A Listening Dance
3:00 p.m. · EyeMinded: A conversation with Kellie Jones and Amiri Baraka
4:00 p.m. · A performance of Kiss
4:00–5:00 p.m. · Book launch: Yvette Brackman, Systems and Scenarios

EyeMinded: A conversation with Kellie Jones and Amiri Baraka
3:00 p.m. · VW Dome

Now Dig This! curator Kellie Jones and her father—renowned poet, playwright, and activist Amiri Baraka—discuss their collaboration on Jones’ book EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, which investigates various perspectives on art making throughout different generations. Jones is associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Baraka is the author of more than 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism. The former Poet Laureate of New Jersey, he has received numerous honors including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and an Obie Award for his play Dutchman (1963). A book signing will follow the conversation.

A performance of Kiss, by Ulysses Jenkins, Maren Hassinger & Senga Nengudi
4:00 p.m. · VW Dome

In conjunction with Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, artists Ulysses Jenkins, Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi continue their investigation into the ongoing performance project, Kiss. First performed in 1981, this ritualistic work has had many different forms and participants in its different iterations. For the 2013 version at MoMA PS1, Kiss (designed and directed by Ulysses Jenkins) is conceived as a tribute to New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Hassinger, Jenkins, and Nengudi came together through an alternative space performance in Jenkins’ studio in the Los Angeles African-American community. Their work helped shape the creative output of Southern California in the late 1970s until today. The artists are joined by Brazilian percussionist, Gustavo Caldas.

Mårten Spångberg continues The Dancing Seminar: A Listening Dance, a series of 12 lectures on dance and choreography
12:00–3:00 p.m. · Duplex

The Dancing Seminar: A Listening Dance combines the theoretical nuances of a seminar with the affective qualities of dance, linking reason and reflection with the sensual and intuitive. In 12 three-hour long sessions Spångberg addresses topics thoroughly embedded in movement, dance and choreography and simultaneously attempts to place these in the broader contexts of labor, engagement, urgency, economy and politics. Rather than expanding notions of choreography, this series explores the possibilities of thought through dance and the concept of dance as a practice of truth. This series of seminars is co-hosted with Movement Research.

Artbook @ MoMA PS1 presents a book launch for
Yvette Brackman: Systems and Scenarios
4:00–5:00 p.m. · Duplex

Join us for the launch of artist and writer Yvette Brackman’s new monograph, Systems and Scenarios. American artist Brackman lives and works in Denmark, and the artists’ projects often combine crafted elements with time-based media to create narratives and engage audiences in issues of common responsibility and social relations, often drawing upon the history of the Soviet Union and the formal qualities of the Russian Constructivist movement. The book is organized around six interviews with independent curator Helene Lundbye Petersen. Sabine Russ, Managing Editor at BOMB magazine, will introduce the book and engage the artist in a critical dialogue about her work.

Sunday Sessions is a weekly presentation of performance, moving images, dance, music, and discursive programs. Its mission is to embrace live arts as an integral aspect of contemporary practice and ask how art forms, which unfold in the here and now, produce specific ways of thinking and useful means to engage with the broader world. Every Sunday different artists, curators, thinkers and a range of other cultural agents are invited to share their latest projects and ideas with the MoMA PS1 audience.

Sunday Sessions is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

The VW Dome at MoMA PS1 is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2012-13.