MoMA PS1’s Courtyard gets extended play
A new performance dome will grace MoMA PS 1’s iconic courtyard, extending its seasonal use. Sponsored by Volkswagen of America, the dome will play host to ‘Sunday Sessions’ which will launch Sunday, 5th February and continue every Sunday through 13th May, 2012. Weekly ‘Sunday Sessions’ in the MoMA PS 1 Performance Dome will feature an amalgam of artistic programming-from light, sound, and music installations to lectures by world-renowned scholars and special performances.
The inaugural celebration on 5th February will feature a special performance by musician Nicolas Jaar and collaborators Will Epstein, Dave Harrington and Sasha Spielberg, presented by MoMA PS1, Pitchfork, and Clown & Sunset Aesthetics (CSA). The five-hour, continuous piece will combine recording, sampling, and looping techniques with analogue instrumentation and sound-derived video from CSA’s resident filmmaker Ryan Staake as well as a movement piece form Lizzie Fiedelson. Additional ‘Sunday Sessions’ will be forthcoming.
As part of the two-year partnership with Volkswagen that began in 2011, Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at MoMA, is currently engaged in extensive research to scout artists working in multiple mediums throughout the world. A major exhibition filling MoMA PS1's entire gallery space, and utilizing the new MoMA PS1 Performance Dome, will open in 2013, highlighting artists who are reacting to the pressing questions of the 21st century with its interrelated ecological, economical, spiritual, ethnographic, political, and social challenges.