Performance of Elliot Reed, Duets (2020) on January 25, 2021, presented in conjunction with the exhibition This Longing Vessel: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2019–20. Photo: Ryan Muir

VW Performance welcomes visitors to participate in live art including performance, movement, music, theater, comedy, and other time-based experiences created by artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators at all career stages. The program supports work by artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses, often through commissions and the development of new work. With a focus on networks of artists that take risks, experiment, and blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Performance embraces entire communities that create and sustain artistic practice in and around New York City in particular.

Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world, recently presenting work by and with artists and cultural figures including 8 Ball Community, Karen Finley, Arca, Mark Leckey, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Genesis Breyer P. Orridge, Hannah Black, Jace Clayton, Doreen Garner, Jonathan González, and Susanne Bartsch. VW Performance is a continuation of the VW Sunday Sessions performance series.

VW Performance at MoMA PS1 is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America, celebrating ten years of support for performance programs at PS1 in 2021.

Dance programming as part of VW Performance is supported in part by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.