Shana Moulton

Meta/Physical Therapy

Feb 17–Apr 21, 2024


Shana Moulton. Meta/Physical Therapy. 2023–24. Eight-channel 4K and high-definition video (color, sound; 14:49 min.), MDF, vinyl, seating, scrims, props, and window gel, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Crèvecœur, and Galerie Gregor Staiger. ©️ 2024 Shana Moulton. Installation view, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 17–April 21, 2024. Photo: Jonathan Dorado
  • MoMA, Floor 4, Studio The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio

This exhibition will premiere a new site-specific installation by Shana Moulton, whose work captures the banality and enormity of everyday life. Through performance, video, and sculpture, Moulton chronicles the experiences of her semi-autobiographical alter-ego, Cynthia, as she navigates personal choices and physical limitations. Transforming the Kravis Studio into a prismatic environment, this installation employs the artist’s signature blend of spiritual imagery, medical technology, popular culture, and references to high art and dollar-store kitsch. An extension of Moulton’s Whispering Pines series, which began in 2002, the project continues the artist’s incisive examination of the aesthetics of pain and healing and the mass marketing of wellness, and explores the maladies of middle age. Presented as a multi-chapter narrative, the installation will be accompanied by a series of performances created in collaboration with composer Nick Hallett, bringing Cynthia’s inner world to life.

To accommodate the performances, the exhibition Shana Moulton: Meta/Physical Therapy will be closed all day on April 7 and 14. The exhibition will also close at 2:00 p.m. on April 11 and at 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 6, and 12.

Organized by Erica Papernik-Shimizu, Associate Curator, with May Makki, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance. Performances produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Associate Director and Producer, with Olivia Rousey, Assistant Performance Coordinator, Performance and Live Programs.

  • This exhibition is part of The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio.
  • Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance and by the Wallis Annenberg Director's Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.


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