How Will Art Survive Us? I had the pleasure of presenting on this beautifully provocative topic at MoMA’s Agora program this past July. I discussed two works, one ongoing pedagogical project, School of Apocalypse at Pioneer Works, and one sculpture, Eroding Plazas and Accumulating Resistance, made with the Occupy Museums collective. Facing social and ecological changes that may threaten the very survival of our species, our times require large-scale collective adaptation. The arts, and arts institutions, are crucial here. They hold space for new stories and act as arenas for the rehearsal of new structures and modes of engagement that will be the most effective tools for surviving what we have become.
This weekend at Warm Up, we are excited to feature some of the best in American rap and club music. One of the most important names in Drill music, Chicago’s Lil Durk, has been revealed as this week’s live act. Fresh off the release of his second album, 2X, Lil Durk combines the heavy trap-influenced sonics of Drill with a deceptive pop sensibility. Our headliner is Philly Club innovator Swizzymack, an in-demand producer/DJ signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint. Expect an energetic mix of uptempo drum workouts and frenetic sample chops in what’s sure to be one of the most fun sets of the summer.
We are also pleased to present an array of acts at the beginning of the day, including Baltimore Club veteran DJ Class, Baltimore MC and self-proclaimed “Queen of The Beat” TT the Artist, Newark’s “Booty Bounce King” DJ Jayhood, and Jersey Club godfather DJ Tameil.
In reverse order of appearance this Saturday, August 6:
Swizzymack / Mad Decent / Philadelphia, PA
Lil Durk (LIVE) / OTF + Def Jam / Chicago, IL
TT The Artist (LIVE) / Baltimore, MD
DJ Class / Baltimore, MD
DJ Jayhood / Badink Entertainment / Newark, NJ
DJ Tameil / Brick Bandits + Unruly Records / Newark, NJ
In case you missed last week’s show, crowds danced through some afternoon showers to a polished set by UK House/Techno star Maya Jane Coles. Ohal and Palmbomen II enraptured the crowd with unique live analog sets, Joey Anderson spun a hypnotic mix of smooth techno, and Jay Daniel played a soulful set of Detroit grooves.
With a total of 140 films produced in 2015, Mexico is home to one of the 20 largest film industries in the world. In addition to well-known Mexican filmmakers who are mainly working abroad, there has been a recent boom in the presence of Mexican productions in international film festivals.
This weekend at MoMA PS1, Warm Up is excited to feature some of the best in modern house, techno, and experimental music. Our headliner is the prolific British producer, DJ, and label head Maya Jane Coles. Since 2008, Coles has firmly established herself as a leading figure in electronic music—expect a truly mesmerizing set from one of the most influential names in house and techno.
From the Archives: Faith Ringgold, the Art Workers Coalition, and the Fight for Inclusion at The Museum of Modern Art
After seeing Faith Ringgold’s monumental, harrowing painting, American People Series #20: Die (1967), currently installed in the Museum and reading Thomas J. Lax’s incredibly thoughtful and moving post (as well as this recent notice from ARTnews, I was inspired to reflect upon this new acquisition.
“A mere glimpse restores my sagging soul,” wrote Lillian Gerard, Special Projects Coordinator at MoMA, of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden in a letter to Richard Shepard at The New York Times in 1975. She went on to describe it as “as a meeting place for young lovers, senior citizens, jumping children, foreign travelers, and out-of-towners” and in particular singled out “…its evenings with performers as ardent and free as the trees and the sculpture that thrive in this oasis of fountains and pools, with the sky above and cement below.”
On a Thursday afternoon earlier this summer, apprentice educator Tali Petschek and I rushed around the Education Center, heading up to the seventh floor to ferry down supplies to our classroom on the mezzanine level. It was the culminating session of Open Art Space, a new MoMA Teens drop-in program for LGBTQ high school students. For our 15th and final session of the season, we decided, in collaboration with some of our most devoted participants, to do an LGBTQ prom-themed photo shoot. Teens wanted at least a taste of a prom they couldn’t have in their own schools, where they could bring whomever they wanted, dress however they wanted, and explore whatever gender roles felt right to them at that moment.
This weekend at MoMA PS1, the Warm Up series is pleased to welcome Lisbon-based Producer/DJ Branko to the booth for a globe-trotting set of heavy rhythms. As a founding member of the influential kuduro group, Buraka Som Sistema, and head of the groundbreaking label Enchufada, his DJ sets are not to be missed.
Imagine yourself standing in a dark, cavernous space: a perfectly square room with a high ceiling and black walls so dark that the clean, glossy white floor seems suspended in space. In the center of the room a tall metal tower beams light and emits the robotic sounds of computer-controlled motors.
Since the country’s formation in 1971, the United Arab Emirates—a federation of seven emirates—has undertaken significant social and political reforms in order to both demonstrate openness to international intellectual influence, and become an exemplar of cosmopolitanism in the Gulf region.
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