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*Girls Against God* Magazine, 2014, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2014 MoMA PS1, New York.

Girls Against God Magazine, published by Capricious, co-edited by Bianca Casady and Anne Sherwood Pundyk, gathers the forces for a celebration of the wild female soul. Hosted by Fairy Goddess Mother Vaginal Davis, we journey inward through a myriad of rituals and prayers. With guided mediation lead by Bryn McKay and a plant-channeling performance by Melanie Bonajo, we listen to the voice of nature in connection with the sacred feminine. Casting The Circle and Drawing Down the Moon, a dance ritual evoking the Goddess is performed by Johanna Constantine and J.Z.araA. We sing together in a group chant ignited by singers Diane Cluck and Yasmine Hamdan, calling to Skeleton Woman, to dance The Dance of Life/Death/Life, embodied by Rebecca Wright with musical accompaniment by water-soul-conjurer Doug Wieselman and cellist Danny Bensi.

The first hour of the program is an informal ritual of initiation. Through healings of sound, hand washing, and many forms of feathered-smoke blessings we invite you into the subterranean forest. We suggest that everyone bring an object of personal significance to offer to the altar for the casting of spells. Tuning out the outer-world, leaving at the door our fragmented selves and distraught sense of focus, we ask you to be present in the moment: turn off your phones, document the experience with your mind and heart, listen and be here.

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.

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Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, and Alex Sloane, Live Programming 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 is part of VW Sunday Sessions.