Adam Linder

Shelf Life

Feb 1–Mar 8, 2020


Adam Linder. Shelf Life. 2020. The Museum of Modern Art. © 2019 Adam Linder, Photo: Will Davidson
  • MoMA, Floor 4, Studio The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio

For the inaugural commissions in The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, choreographer Adam Linder presents the performance Shelf Life.

Linder’s Shelf Life is a choreographic work for six dancers. Using a variety of dance vocabularies—as well as costumes, props, and their voices—the performers interpret three concepts that together form what Linder describes as a “nervous system of dance”: the barre where movement begins; the blood flow that propels the body; and the brain that reflects on the dancing body, its physical impulses as well as its rational calculations. The title Shelf Life alludes to the finite physical resources expended by the dancer’s body and how the virtuosity and ephemerality of performance is defined within the context of a museum.

Performers: Leah Katz, Justin Kennedy, Mickey Mahar, Angie Pittman, Brooke Stamp, Sandy Williams

Linder’s Shelf Life is on view daily, 1:30–2:30 p.m., 3:30–4:30 p.m.; Fridays, 1:00–2:00 p.m., 3:00–4:00 p.m., 5:00–6:00 p.m.; and during First Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m. and 3:30–4:30 p.m.

The other commission is Force Life by artist Shahryar Nashat. The exhibitions alternate throughout the day, so that only one is on view at a given time. Nashat’s Force Life is on view daily at 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 2:30–3:30 p.m., 4:30–5:30 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., 2:00–3:00 p.m., 4:00–5:00 p.m., 6:00–9:00 p.m.; and during First Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 2:30–3:30 p.m., 4:30–9:00 p.m.

Shelf Life is commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Organized at MoMA by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, and Ana Janevski, Curator, with Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance, and produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Performance Producer, with Ginny Benson, Assistant Performance Coordinator.

The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Generous support is provided by The Sarah Arison Fund for Performance.

Additional funding is provided by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.


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