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Design and Violence Debate: Debate III

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Design and Violence
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The third debate will center upon Temple Grandin’s “serpentine ramp,” a slaughterhouse design modification that attempts stress reduction and a more humane death for animals. Professor Gary L. Francione (Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers, and author, Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals) and Nicola Twilley (editor/author of Edible Geography.com, co-founder of the Foodprint Project, and director of Studio-X NYC) will deliver debate motions, moderated by Design and Violence co-curator Paola Antonelli.

Design and Violence is an ongoing online curatorial experiment that explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society by pairing critical thinkers with examples of challenging design work. Contributors' weekly essays have been published since November 2013, creating a body of opinion and a set of case studies that spark discussion and bring the ambiguous relationship between design and violence to center stage for designers and the people they serve—all of us.

Design and Violence is organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Jamer Hunt, Director, graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons The New School for Design; and Michelle Millar Fisher, Exhibition Coordinator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA.

Program

Design and Violence

When

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Where
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Fees
Tickets ($30; $25 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk, at the film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

MoMA Forum on Contemporary Photography

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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Conceived as an experimental platform for free-form critical discussions, the Forums are designed to foster debate about the perspectives and scope of contemporary photography among leading artists, curators, and theorists in the field.

For the upcoming session we have invited artists Lucas Blalock and John Kelsey; Matthew Biro, Professor and Chair, Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan; Alex Klein, The Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE'60) Program Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; and Carol Squiers, Curator, International Center of Photography to lead a discussion about material and conceptual experimentation in contemporary photographic practices. Taking a cue from the MoMA exhibitions Robert Heinecken: Object Matter and Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010, this session addresses the ways in which expanded ideas about the photographic medium and the circulation of images resonate into the 21st century.

This event is invitation only, but we are very pleased to present a live stream of the forum, which will allow remote friends and colleagues to participate in the conversation.

The MoMA Forums on Contemporary Photography are made possible by MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

Museums Today: Collecting and Displaying Modern Art in the 21st Century

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
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Presented as part of the French Embassy of the United States' arts festival ART²: An International Platform on Contemporary Art, this program was conceived as a French-American exchange of perspectives centered on issues and themes that drive museums and private foundations alike. These places are guarantors of an encyclopedic knowledge essential for enriching our vision of the world. But what tactics do these cultural institutions use for transmitting knowledge to the public? Several topics of reflection will be studied over the course of these two days of discussion: exhibiting collections, presenting new perspectives on art history, offering an artistic yet pedagogic program, producing new works and supporting the creation of contemporary art, and opening international axis museums in an effort to globalize a museum’s presence.

With Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art, and Alain Seban, Director, Centre Pompidou. Moderated by Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, The Museum of Modern Art.

When

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Fees
The event is free, but RSVP is required to: pr@frenchculture.org.
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Who Cares If It’s Painting?

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010
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Organized in conjunction with Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010, this panel discussion explores key aspects of Sigmar Polke’s cross-disciplinary approach and its significance for artists working today. Panelists include artists Frances Stark, Carroll Dunham, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ken Okiishi, and Glenn Ligon. Moderated by Kathy Halbreich, exhibition curator and Associate Director, MoMA.

Program

Adult Programs

When

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Where
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Fees
Tickets ($15; $10 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk, the Film desk, and on the day of the program after 4:00 p.m.
Performances & Readings

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Da inventare sul posto

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New
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Among the works included in the exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New is Jannis Kounellis's Da inventare sul posto (To invent on the spot) (1972), which comprises both a painting and a performance featuring a violinist and ballerina. While the painting is on view at all times, live performances are presented at specific times throughout the exhibition. These performances are facilitated in collaboration with Brooklyn Ballet.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.

Where
Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor
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Da inventare sul posto

Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New
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Among the works included in the exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New is Jannis Kounellis's Da inventare sul posto (To invent on the spot) (1972), which comprises both a painting and a performance featuring a violinist and ballerina. While the painting is on view at all times, live performances are presented at specific times throughout the exhibition. These performances are facilitated in collaboration with Brooklyn Ballet.

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Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m.

Where
Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor
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Da inventare sul posto

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New
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Among the works included in the exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New is Jannis Kounellis's Da inventare sul posto (To invent on the spot) (1972), which comprises both a painting and a performance featuring a violinist and ballerina. While the painting is on view at all times, live performances are presented at specific times throughout the exhibition. These performances are facilitated in collaboration with Brooklyn Ballet.

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When

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.

Where
Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor
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MoMACopyShop

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
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Developed in collaboration with artist Paul Ramirez Jonas, MoMACopyShop is a free workshop in MoMA Books, on the second floor of the Museum. Throughout the day, visitors can meet the artist and create their own bound “catalogue” using MoMA brochures, publications, paper, and other ephemera to edit a book that maps their visit to the Museum. This program is part of Artists Experiment.

All materials and equipment are provided. This program is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops will start at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and last approximately 75 minutes. Space is limited for each session and sign-up begins at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event in the MoMA Books store.

Artists Experiment is a new initiative in the Department of Education that brings together contemporary artists in dialogue with MoMA educators to conceptualize ideas for developing innovative and experimental public interactions. Learn more

Program

Artists Experiment

When

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Where
MoMA Books, second floor