Prime Time: The Inspirations

February 24–April 2, 2017

MoMA

Photo: Rebecca Goyette
  • Education Center, Mezzanine Mezzanine

Midwood Senior Center’s Active Adult Program aims to empower and rejuvenate the everyday lives of seniors, keeping them healthy and active through participation in recreational, educational, and social activities. Through a partnership with MoMA’s Prime Time, an initiative to engage older New Yorkers at the Museum and in the community, older adults at Midwood Senior Center formed their own dance troupe, called The Inspirations. Led by Teaching Artist Rebecca Goyette, the group explored dance as a democratic art medium, drawing on the work of Jérôme Bel, Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, and Maria Hassabi, all recently on view at MoMA. The video work shown here—including original choreography as well as personal interviews with members of The Inspirations—highlights participants’ passion and joy, while also illustrating the personal, spiritual, and sociopolitical underpinnings of their dance practice.

This exhibition is organized by Carrie McGee, Assistant Director, Community and Access Programs; Laurel Humble, Associate Educator, Community, Access, and School Programs; and Rebecca Goyette, MoMA Teaching Artist.

Special thanks to Angela Genduso and Ketly Matthew for their dance instruction, and to Jacqueline Florio and Marianna Hernandez for their support of this project.

Midwood Senior Center’s Active Adult Program is sponsored by Millennium Development and funded by the New York City Department for the Aging.

Education at MoMA is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Community Programs are made possible by the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Fund for Older Adults and by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. Generous support is provided by The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Annual Education Fund.

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