In conjunction with MoMA PS1’s Spring Open House, VW Sunday Sessions presents a free performance festival in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist-run venue Secret Project Robot featuring more than 35 artists. A celebration of New York City’s performance scene, the program highlights artists who first found an outlet for their work, as well as camaraderie and resources, within the city's alternative spaces. These artists continue to present experimental projects and support the community that fostered their personal and creative identities. Featuring six hour-long durational pieces, videos, improvisational theater, solo and collaborative projects, and live music, the festival brings together work that intersects music, art, and nightlife.
Emceed by Horrorchata and Merrie Cherry of BUSHWIG, the festival includes music performances by Bottoms, Bunny Michael, Macy Rodman, Jennifer Vanilla, and DJ Dog Dick. Interspersed between music performances, FLUCT will premiere a new video work and Kathleen Dycaico presents a series of performances featuring Soojin Chang, DeVonn Francis, Sophia Park, and Kellian Delice. Throughout the building, visitors will encounter pop-up music, performance, and interventions, including performances from Somos Monstros, a collaborative project from Raúl de Nieves and Erik Zajaceskowski; a new durational play from Bushwick-based theatre group Saints of an Unnamed Country, directed by Cameron Stuart and Danielle Pomorski; a six-hour recital from Frank Hurricane; music by Invisible Circle and Dean Cercone; and DJ sets by DJ Bebe and DJ Adi. The day-long program concludes with a rare concert from seminal experimental Brooklyn band Black Dice, who are returning to New York after a five year absence.
Secret Project Robot has been a longstanding part of New York’s cultural landscape, holding interdisciplinary events in multiple locations for almost 20 years. This festival marks the culmination of VW Sunday Sessions’ season-long exploration of alternative platforms for creative practice.
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.