Studio Residency

Okwui Okpokwasili

Jul 30–Aug 28, 2022


Okwui Okpokwasili. Poor People’s TV Room (solo). Performed at Lincoln Center Atrium, 2015. Photo: Caitlin McCarthy. Courtesy the artist
  • MoMA, Floor 4, Studio The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio

“I want to build full and rich characters with integrity, brown bodies laboring within a very specific and charged context,” said the choreographer, performer, and writer Okwui Okpokwasili. She explores the roles of African and African American women by creating multidisciplinary performance pieces that seek to shape the shared space inhabited by the audience and performer. Her productions, created in collaboration with acclaimed designer Peter Born, are experimental in form, bringing together elements of dance, theater, and the visual arts.

Okpokwasili inaugurates MoMA’s Studio Residency program, which offers a space for incubation, experimentation, and collaboration. It provides artists with opportunities to research and develop their work, and use the space and resources of the Studio while offering audiences a chance to encounter artworks in development.

Organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, Department of Media and Performance. Performances produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Producer, and Kate, Scherer, Manager, with Jessie Gold, Assistant Performance Coordinator, Performance and Live Programs.

  • This exhibition is part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

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

    Major support is provided by MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Director's Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

    Generous funding is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance, The Modern Women’s Fund, and the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance.


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