Klein on April 14, 2019, presented at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions 2018-2019. Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1

At 1 p.m., Composer and playwright Klein speaks with writer Cassie da Costa about her influences and collaborative process. This talk is free with Museum admission.

Following the talk, at 3 p.m., Klein presents a new sound-based performance for the VW Dome. With references ranging from mythology to Pavarotti to defunct UK young adult TV network Trouble, Klein uses collagist techniques to assemble recordings of her own vocals and instrumentation with a 10-piece band of multi-instrumentalists, which references Nigerian calisthenics displays and marching bands at historically Black colleges and universities. This new commission is presented in partnership with the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY, which is hosting a residency with Klein and the cast as she develops the performance.

This is one of six new commissions presented as part of VW Sunday Sessions 2018/2019. The VW Sunday Sessions commissioning program supports local and international emerging artists in the development and presentation of new performance work

General Admission: $15
MoMA / MoMA PS1+ Members: $13

Members can secure advance tickets in person at the MoMA PS1 Box Office or by calling 718-784-2086.

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. #VWSundaySessions

VW Sunday Sessions is organized by Taja Cheek, Assistant Curator, and Alex Sloane, Assistant Curator, with Alexandra Rosenberg, Associate Producer, Chris Masullo, Production Coordinator, Eliza Brennessel, Performance Coordinator, and Enrique Alba, Production Assistant.

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VW Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America, who have supported the program since its inception.

Major support is provided by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

Dance programming as part of VW Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1 is supported in part by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

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This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2018–19.