*The Voice* in Three Acts and *Bathroom Songs*, with Robert Ashley, Pharmakon, Gelsey Bell, and M. Lamar on October 11, 2015, presented at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions 2015-2016. Photo by Charles Roussel.

In conjunction with the opening of Greater New York, Sunday Sessions presents the work of three New York vocalists and composers from the alienating and howled vocals of Pharmakon; the negrogothic doom spirituals and counter tenor of M. Lamar to a rarely performed work by the late American composer Robert Ashley presented by experimental composer and vocalist Paul Pinto. ‘The Voice’ is accompanied by a work for the MoMA PS1 restrooms titled Bathroom Songs presented by New York soprano Gelsey Bell.


The VW Dome

3:00 p.m. – Robert Ashley, Love Is a Good Example, 1994; Performed by Paul Pinto

3.15 p.m. – M. Lamar, Tree of Blood

3.45 p.m. – Pharmakon

4.15 p.m. – Robert Ashley, Wolfman, 1969; Performed by Paul Pinto


1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. – Gelsey Bell, Bathroom Songs

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 organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Mark Beasley, Guest Curator; Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer.

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

Major support for Greater New York is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional support is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

Special thanks to Elham and Tony Salamé.

This performance accompanies Greater New York.
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2015-16.