MoMA PS1
VALIUM VALENTINE, 2016, at MoMA PS1 at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2016 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

With Hisham Bharoocha, Xander Duell, Heather Goldin of Beau, Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes, *Lykke Li, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Empress Of, Akwetey O.T. of D.O.Z., Zanna Van Vorstenbosch, Charli XCX and Nick Zinner

Sunday Sessions presents VALIUM VALENTINE; a collaboration between acclaimed songwriter/producer and Miike Snow lead singer Andrew Wyatt and artist Sarah Ortmeyer in celebration of Valentine’s Day’s insipid power.

Throughout the six-hour musical performance Andrew Wyatt is joined by a cast of musicians for an improvised durational piece. Every hour a different female musician joins the group to lend a voice to a set of songs Andrew Wyatt created especially for the occasion.

In her artistic practice Sarah Ortmeyer often explores moments of ritualized happiness. In exaggeration of Valentine’s Day’s normative spirit, she transforms the VW Dome into a planetarium of egg-shaped stars within a grey-colored set that is as romantic as it is sad.

*recorded

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 Nadja Rangel, Guest Curator; Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; Taja Cheek, Curatorial Assistant; Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer; and Lucy Lie, Production Assistant.

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

Projections for VALIUM VALENTINE are made possible by Karl Mehrer and K2imaging.

Special thanks to Pedro Zaz and Blendy Dome VJ.

Sarah Ortmeyer, MONSTER SKY, 2016 is comprised of visual materials from MONSTER, 2015 by Kerstin Brätsch and Sarah Ortmeyer.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.