*The Cringe: Art, Anxiety and Performance*, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2015 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Mark Cole

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.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and film, the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.

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.