MoMA PS1 announces November events

Sunday Sessions this month includes presentations, panels, performances, and even stand-up routines which explore culturally relevant topics, such as dance as an autonomous medium; the relationship between comedy and art; and translating sculptural practice into the public realm. The programs feature artists Valérie Blass, Katinka Bock, Matt Connors, Edie Fake, R.E.H. Gordon, Esther Kläs, M.I.A., Alexis Blair Penney, and Allyson Vieira; choreographer Mårten Spångberg; comics Eugene Mirman, Jerrod Carmichael and Morgan Murphy; and curators Peter Eleey, Andria Hickey, and Jamillah Jones.

Join us on November 18 to celebrate the opening of Huma Bhabha: Unnatural Histories and Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt. The opening celebration will include artist and curator lectures as part of Center for Experimental Lectures; a book launch and conversation with artist Matt Connors; Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem’s album release; a cash bar; and delicious eats provided by M. Wells. The exhibitions Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, New Pictures of Common Objects, and Matt Connors: Impressionism will also be on view.

Sunday, November 4, 12–6pm

Choreography as Expanded Practice/Dance as Autonomous Medium with Mårten Spångberg
The last in a series of three workshops by Swedish choreographer Mårten Spångberg which attempt to open a ground for dance and choreography in respect to composition, improvisation, expression, organization, interpretation and affect. Each workshop is open to the public. No dance background is required, but participants should wear or bring clothing to dance in. This series is co-hosted with Movement Research.

Artist lecture by M.I.A.
4–6pm, the VW Performance Dome
On the occasion of the Rizzoli publication M.I.A., MoMA PS1 invites the English musician, producer, painter, and director Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A., to give an artist’s lecture about her work. The book is the first comprehensive overview of the artist’s entire visual output and tells her life story in collages, photographs, and prints. Also included are assorted lyrics and an exclusive interview in which she candidly discusses the personal events and themes that inform her art and music.

Sunday, November 11, 12–6pm

Miriam Katz presents The Art of Stand-Up, with Eugene Mirman, Jerrod Carmichael and Morgan Murphy among others
4–6pm, the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome
Curator and writer Miriam Katz presents a showcase of five comics, including Eugene Mirman, Jerrod Carmichael and Morgan Murphy, each of them performing with their own distinct style and engaging the contentious question: “Is stand-up comedy art?” The event also features the launch of Katz’s podcast, “Breakdown,” which looks at the relationship between comedy and art. The Art of Stand-Up is a New York Comedy Festival program.

Public Art Fund curator Andria Hickey hosts a panel discussion with artists Valérie Blass, Katinka Bock, Esther Kläs, and Allyson Vieira
In conjunction with the opening of Public Art Fund’s new group exhibition, Configurations, Valérie Blass, Katinka Bock, Esther Kläs, and Allyson Vieira discuss the relationship between material, form, subject in their work and talk about translating their sculptural practice into the public realm. Moderated by Public Art Fund Associate Curator Andria Hickey.

Launch of HEJ: a print-curatorial project
4–5pm, ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 | Magazine Store
ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 | Magazine Store invites you to an afternoon celebrating the launch of HEJ: a print-curatorial project. HEJ is proud to release its first issue, a publication featuring interdisciplinary work by an international group of 25 artists, writers, and curators. Rigorously curated, HEJ balances theoretical and aesthetic concerns, while considering, in print format, the rapid changes in artistic dialogue within the context of the Internet. In celebration of its first issue, contributors to and friends of HEJ will present visual, written, and performative works.

Sunday, November 18, 12–6pm, the VW Performance Dome

R.E.H. Gordon presents Center for Experimental Lectures, with Edie Fake, Jamillah James and Alexis Blair Penney
Center for Experimental Lectures is an ongoing project series conceived and organized by artist R.E.H. Gordon, in which artists, theorists, and other cultural producers experiment with the format of the public lecture. Artist Edie Fake, curator Jamillah Jones and drag performer and artist Alexis Blair Penney each play with the format of the artist lecture in an innovative and provocative manner.

Matt Connors in Conversation with Peter Eleey
On the occasion of the publication of A Bell is a Cup coinciding with Matt Connors’s exhibition at MoMA PS1, the artist holds a conversation with curator Peter Eleey. Alongside texts by Eleey, Michel Leiris, Gertrude Stein and Jack Spicer, the book presents the first comprehensive gathering of Connors’s work to date. In his essay, Eleey writes that Connors’s paintings “bear traces of one another, but they also sometimes prop each other up or lean into each other as if to physically reinforce, in painterly terms, Jack Spicer’s ideas about the interdependence of poems.”

Album release of Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem’s The Mystery of Heaven
5–6pm, the VW Performance Dome
Following Concerning the Entrance into Eternity, filmmaker-turned-guitar shredder Jim Jarmusch and Dutch lutist Jozef Van Wissem are releasing their second collaborative album, The Mystery of Heaven, via Sacred Bones.

*Please note there will be no Sunday Sessions events on Sunday, November 25, but the museum will be open to the public from 12–6pm. Sunday Sessions programming will resume the following Sunday, December 2. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, Friday, Monday 12–6pm
Saturday, Sunday 10–6pm
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

The M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1 is a new cafeteria-style restaurant by Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, the culinary masterminds behind the popular M. Wells Diner.

The dinette pays homage to the building’s former identity as a schoolhouse with communal tables and a perpetually changing menu scrawled on a chalkboard. Stop in to see what Chef Hugue is cooking up today…

*Museum admission is not required for entry.

22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101