Doug Aitken: sleepwalkers

Stay connected and enjoy the #MuseumFromHome

Jan 16–Feb 12, 2007


Doug Aitken. <em>sleepwalkers.</em> 2007. Six-channel video (color, sound). The Dunn Bequest. © 2016 Doug Aitken. Photo: Fred Charles. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York
  • MoMA, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
  • MoMA, Floor 1, Museum exterior Museum exterior

The Museum of Modern Art and Creative Time, the New York–based public art organization, have jointly commissioned Doug Aitken to create the artist’s first large-scale public artwork in the United States. The project is also the first to bring art to MoMA’s exterior walls. Continuous sequences of film scenes will be projected onto seven facades, including those on West Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth streets and those overlooking The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Inspired by the densely built environment of New York’s midtown, the artist will create a cinematic art experience that directly integrates with the architectural fabric of the city while simultaneously enhancing and challenging viewers’ perceptions of public space. The project, filmed in New York City, will be shown daily from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and is intended to be visible from many public vantage points adjacent to the Museum.

Doug Aitken: sleepwalkers is a joint project of Creative Time and The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition is supported by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, and David Teiger.

Major advertising support is provided by CBS Outdoor.

Video projection is provided by Christie with additional support from Nationwide Wholesale Video, Inc. and Scharff Weisberg, Inc.

Special thanks to the City of New York, The American Folk Art Museum, Hines Interest Limited Partnership, Clifford Chance US LLP, The Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

The production of the film has been made possible in part by Eastman Kodak Company, LaCie, AJA Video Systems, and Arri CSC.



Installation images

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or, please email If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to