Installation view of Projects 105: Cinthia Marcelle, MoMA PS1, October 23, 2016–September 10, 2017. Shown: Cinthia Marcelle. Educação pela pedra (Education by Stone). 2016. Chalk. Courtesy the artist and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Pablo Enriquez

For Projects 105, MoMA PS1 presents Education by Stone (2016), a new site-specific installation by Cinthia Marcelle (born Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1974) and the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York. Marcelle is known for installations, performances, and videos that stage forms of labor to produce poetic situations. The installation introduces chalk, a traditional teaching material to which Marcelle has returned throughout her career, into the Duplex gallery of MoMA PS1—which is itself a former school building. Numerous rods of chalk will be lodged into the fissures and openings of the gallery’s brick walls from floor to ceiling, revealing the material’s inherent instability and fragility.

Cinthia Marcelle has had solo exhibitions in South America and Europe. She recently participated in the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2015), and will represent Brazil in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017). In 2006, she was the recipient of the International Prize for Performance for her work Gray Demonstration (2006). In 2010, she was awarded the Future Generation Prize.

Organized by Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art.

The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series is made possible in part by The Elaine Dannheisser Foundation and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

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