The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
Frances Stark. *The Magic Flute*.  2017. Video (color, sound), 112 min. Courtesy the artist and Gavin brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome. © Frances Stark, 2018

Best known for videos, drawings, and installations rooted in conceptual wordplay and linguistic investigations, the artist Frances Stark joins us to present the New York City premiere of a new work, The Magic Flute (2017), her most ambitious film to date. The Magic Flute is a collaborative, experimental adaptation of Mozart’s 1791 opera, featuring an updated version of the composition performed by an orchestra of young musicians between the ages of 10 and 19. Utilizing animated text in conjunction with the music, Stark creates what she has called a “pedagogical opera” that makes the form and content of Mozart’s opera accessible to a broader contemporary audience. Following the screening, the artist will take part in a conversation with Stuart Comer, chief curator in MoMA’s Department of Media and Performance Art.

This film accompanies Modern Mondays.