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*The Cringe: Art, Anxiety and Performance*, with Ieva Misevičiūtė & Rebecca Patek on October 18, 2015, presented at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions 2015-2016. Photo by Charles Roussel.

In the affirmative culture of the art market, where art is tolerated as essentially non-threatening, what is the place and role of negative affects? The Cringe suggests some of the potential gains of anxiety through the dark humor of two New York based artists, performers, choreographers and dancers. Previously presented at the Center Pompidou, Paris and Hauser and Wirth, Zurich Ieva Misevičiūtė’s Lord of Beef presents a series of impersonations: dance and speech acts depicting objects, people, phenomena, and philosophical concepts. Rebecca Patek presents a new work that unsettles the controlling codes and rules of the museum and performance space.

Following the performances Rebecca Patek, Ieva Misevičiūtė, artist Leigh Ledare and Mark Beasley, Guest Curator MoMA PS1, discuss the role of anxiety, adrenaline high and other dark pockets within visual arts performance.

This event is presented in conjunction with Greater New York.

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; Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer and Lucy Lie, Production Assistant.

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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.