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October 6, 2014  |  This Week at MoMA
This Week at MoMA: October 6–12
Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). The Sheaf (La Gerbe), 1953. Maquette for ceramic (realized 1953). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on paper, mounted on canvas. 115 ¾ x 137 ¾” (294 x 350 cm). Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney F. Brody. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Henri Matisse. The Sheaf (La Gerbe). 1953. Maquette for ceramic (realized 1953). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on paper, mounted on canvas. 115 ¾ x 137 ¾” (294 x 350 cm). Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney F. Brody. © 2014 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This week we’re gearing up for the highly anticipated opening of Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs on Sunday, October 12. It’s not too late to become a member and “see it first” during Member Previews, which run from October 8–11. Otherwise, be sure to reserve your timed tickets now to see this spectacular exhibition. As we count down the days, here’s a roundup of other exciting programs for you to check out:

• On Monday, October 6, join us for a Modern Mondays evening with 2014 Turner Prize–nominated artist James Richards, who will present his own moving image works along with a selection of key videos by other artists. Richards, whose work is featured in the upcoming exhibition Cut to Swipe (see below), will be joined in conversation with curator Stuart Comer and writer and editor Chris McCormack.

 Shown, from back: Joan Miró. Moonbird. 1966. Bronze, 7' 6" x 6' 6" x 57" (228.5 x 198.2 x 144.9 cm). Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest. © 2012 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Aristide Maillol. The River. Begun 1938–39; completed 1943 (cast 1948). Lead, 53 3/4" x 7' 6" x 66" (136.5 x 228.6 x 167.7 cm), on lead base designed by the artist 9 3/4 x 67 x 27 3/4" (24.8 x 170.1 x 70.4 cm). Printer: Alexis Rudier. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris


Shown, from back: Joan Miró. Moonbird. 1966. Bronze, 7′ 6″ x 6′ 6″ x 57″ (228.5 x 198.2 x 144.9 cm). Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest. © 2012 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Aristide Maillol. The River. Begun 1938–39; completed 1943 (cast 1948). Lead, 53 3/4″ x 7′ 6″ x 66″ (136.5 x 228.6 x 167.7 cm), on lead base designed by the artist 9 3/4 x 67 x 27 3/4″ (24.8 x 170.1 x 70.4 cm). Printer: Alexis Rudier. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

• Enjoy the great autumn weather in MoMA’s beloved Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden with Gallery Sessions tours: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden: From the Past to the Present on Thursday, October 9, and Drawing from the Sculpture Garden on Friday, October 10.

• Also on Friday, October 10, MoMA’s Department of Film presents Iris Barry, MoMA’s Lady in the Dark: A Presentation by Robert Sitton. The evening features an illustrated talk by author Robert Sitton on the life of the Museum’s founding film curator, Iris Barry, and screenings of the classic documentary short Movies March On (1939), about MoMA’s Film Library, and the feature They Live by Night (1948), one of Barry’s last MoMA premieres.

 Ken Okiishi. gesture/data. 2014. Oil and Chroma Key Video Paint on flat screen televisions, VHS and HD video transferred to .mp4 (color, sound). Left screen: 12:21 min. loop Right screen: 75:13 min. loop. Acquired through the Generosity of Jill and Peter Kraus. © 2014 Ken Okiishi


Ken Okiishi. gesture/data. 2014. Oil and Chroma Key Video Paint on flat screen televisions, VHS and HD video transferred to .mp4 (color, sound). Left screen: 12:21 min. loop Right screen: 75:13 min. loop. Acquired through the Generosity of Jill and Peter Kraus. © 2014 Ken Okiishi

• New acquisitions of media art that utilize images and sound drawn from electronic media like television, cinema, the recording industry, and the Internet are on view in the exhibition Cut to Swipe, which opens on Saturday, October 11.

• For Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1, on Sunday, October 12 (in conjunction with the exhibition Retrospective), Xavier Le Roy presents his solo performance Product of Circumstances (1999), which uses both choreography and the traditional lecture format to contextualize the artist’s transition from an early career in microbiology to choreography and visual art.