Jem Cohen, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2016 MoMA PS1, New York.

Film-maker Jem Cohen presents films that speak to the enduringly vibrant street life and creativity of New York City and its boroughs; writer Luc Sante reads from his own work, including excerpts from his latest publication The Other Paris (2015).

Cohen and Sante join writer Sukhdev Sandhu to discuss city life both past and present and the many ways in which community, creative activity, and the unearthing of lost histories runs counter to the rising tide of corporate development and economic imbalance.

A selection of Cohen’s films are accompanied by a live improvised score by New York based musicians, Ryan Sawyer and Jace Clayton.

Organized by Sukhdev Sandhu and Mark Beasley, 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.