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It’s Not What Happens, It’s How You Handle It, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2015 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

Poet, visual artist and originator of Performance Poetry John Giorno is joined by peers and a contemporary generation of New York based poets. Giorno’s seminal Dial-A-Poem Poets (1968) in which an audience dialed individual answering machines to hear poems by poets such as William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and John Cage while his record label and American artist collective Giorno Poetry Systems broadened the ‘venues’ for poetry to records, television and radio. Giorno’s poetic use of the technology of the day mirrors a contemporary generation’s use of language deploying twitter like phraseology with the fluid and malleable text of the internet as poems and text migrates from text box to text box and page to page: text and the staging of language is no longer a form fixed by the printed page. Organized by John Giorno and Mark Beasley.

SCHEDULE

12.30 p.m.: Andrew Durbin
1:00 p.m.: Sophia Le Fraga with Rin Johnson, Jameson Fitzpatrick, and Die Dragonetti.
1.30 p.m.: Todd Colby
2:00 p.m.: Fanny Howe
2.30 p.m.: John Giorno
3:00 p.m.: Paolo Javier with Listening Center
3.30 p.m.: Tan Lin with Íñigo López Vázquez
4:00 p.m.: Harry Burke with Holly White, Julien Ceccaldi, Samia Mirza and SADAF.
4.30 p.m.: Morgan Parker
5:00 p.m.: Ben Fama
5.30 p.m.: Bunny Rogers

This event is presented in conjunction with Greater New York.

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 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.