Frances Stark, 2014, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2014 MoMA PS1, New York.

In a variant on what used to be called a slide-illustrated lecture, Frances Stark pays homage to Mike Kelley through a performative meditation organized around key elements culled from her most recent work, Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David and/or Paying Attention Is Free (2013), which is on view at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh.

Frances Stark (b. 1967) is a Los Angeles-based artist whose art makes use of the most ephemeral of means to wrestle the big bad outside world – its titillations and pleasures, as well as its discontents. Her work is deeply rooted in language, music and poetry. In recent years, Stark has used videos to exploit the contradictions of real time exchanges between virtually projected characters and worlds. My Best Thing, her breakout work in this vein, played at MoMA PS1 from October through July, 2012. Stark was also a student of Mike Kelley, and her program at the VW Dome revisits that seminal relationship.

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.


The music and performance portion of Mike Kelley is organized by guest curator Mark Beasley, with Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, and Eliza Ryan, former Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.

Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, and Alex Sloane, Live Programs Coordinator.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

This performance accompanies Mike Kelley and Frances Stark: My Best Thing.
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.