MoMA PS1
*White Museum - Live*, 2016, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2016 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

Live performances by the artists take place within the installation at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m..

Rosa Barba presents the first performance of White Museum – Live in which she plays with the light emitted from a 70mm projector as though it were an instrument. The work is a continuation of Barba’s series White Museum that began in 2010 with long-term projections of empty white film onto surrounding landscapes of different international museums. For the iteration at MoMA PS1 the artist turns the focus on the interior, illuminating the inside of the VW Dome. By synching the shutter movement of the projector with the percussions of a live drummer (Chad Taylor) and manipulating the architectural and acoustic surroundings, Barba creates her version of a drum machine that pumps light into the Dome, engulfing the space. The result is a performative installation that is both a visual concert and a sculpture of light.

Rosa Barba is a Berlin-based artist whose practice is deeply invested in the materialities, functions, and structures of cinema. Ranging from celluloid sculptures to narrative film installations, her works use cinematic tropes in order to pose larger questions about time and space.

Chad Taylor is a critically acclaimed percussionist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles and has performed with Theaster Gates, Marc Ribot and Iron and Wine.

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 Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; Taja Cheek, 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.