MoMA Announces Winter Open House, 1/20
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by BWW News Desk
Sunday, January 20, 12-6PM MoMA hosts its Winter Open House to celebrate the opening of the exhibitions Cyprien Gaillard: The Crystal World, Ed Atkins, Metahaven: Islands in the Cloud, Jeff Elrod: Nobody Sees Like Us, and CONFETTISYSTEM: 100 Arrangements. On the occasion of the exhibition openings, Ed Atkins presents Depression, a performance which explores death, bodies, and disintegrating matter at 3PM and Cyprien Gaillard presents a performance program featuring Egyptian Lover and special guests at 4PM.
Cyprien Gaillard: The Crystal World
Cyprien Gaillard's (b. 1980, Paris) work navigates geographical sites and psychological states, addressing the relationship between architecture and nature, and evolution and erosion. Using a variety of artistic mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, film, and video, Gaillard juxtaposes pictorial beauty and the atmospherically lush with elements of sudden violence, destruction, and idiosyncrasy culled from popular culture, pointing to the precarious nature of public space, social ritual, and the very viability of the notion of civilization. The artist's first solo exhibition in New York includes painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photographic collages, as well as five major cinematic works and site-specific works made in New York on the occasion of his MoMA PS1 presentation.
Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, with Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Assistant. The exhibition is supported by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
Known for his high-definition videos that defy narrative conventions, Ed Atkins (British, b. 1982) works with filmic and text-based forms that are in technological transition. The exhibition-his first solo show in the United States-features a two-channel video and surround-sound installation, Us Dead Talk Love (2012), which focuses on a dialogue between two cadavers who reflect upon representation, immanence, and narcissism. Atkins describes the work as "a tragedy of love, intimacy, incoherence and eyelashes." Also included is a new single-channel work, Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths (2013). On the occasion of the show, MoMA PS1 has published in a single-volume the artist's screenplays for the two works, which will be available for free in the galleries.
Organized by Peter Eleey, Curator, MoMA PS1, with Matthew Evans, Curatorial Assistant. The exhibition is made possible by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.
Metahaven: Islands in the Cloud
Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden in 2007 as a design and research studio, Metahaven has come to define a new methodology in graphic design. The studio's speculative practice privileges the vocabulary of graphic design as a means of knowledge production, using it as a tool to analyze organizational models and power structures. Investigating political and economic design-including nation branding and logo production-in relation to statehood, currency and information networks, Metahaven places particular emphasis on transparency and visibility. Recent activities have included a range of research, identity and product design for WikiLeaks, as well as proposals for the identity of Sealand, a self-proclaimed sovereign nation-state located on a platform built by the British seven miles off the English coast as part of a naval defense strategy during World War II. Materials from both projects are included in this exhibition, alongside elements relating to a new cloud hosting enterprise based in Iceland. Islands in the Cloud is the first museum show to focus on Metahaven's unique practice.
Organized by Peter Eleey, Curator, MoMA PS1, with Alhena Katsof, Volkswagen Fellow.The exhibition is made possible by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.
Jeff Elrod: Nobody Sees Like Us
Jeff Elrod (American, b. 1966) creates abstract paintings using basic computer software as a starting point for his artistic process. Using a technique he calls "frictionless drawing," Elrod began experimenting with computers to create paintings in 1997. While software allows for the production of lines and color fields without direct intervention of the artist's hand, Elrod aligns his work with the long history of painting and abstraction. For these new paintings, Elrod processes his original computer-generated drawings into blurry images to create visuAl Fields that resist coherence. The space, shapes, and lines from the artist's original drawings are lost and the indeterminate blur that he creates becomes the paintings' dominant aesthetic form.
Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is made possible by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.
CONFETTISYSTEM: 100 Arrangements
The artist-design firm CONFETTISYSTEM works in a multivalent environment that resists simple categorization by discipline. The firm creates set designs, objects, and interactive installations for a range of partners including corporate clients, musicians, and art institutions. Comfortable in an advertising campaign, on a concert stage, or in a gallery, their work can be regarded as sculpture, design, and product-a confluence that is unconcerned with differences of commercial enterprise and nonprofit, the varying demands of function and aesthetics, and distinctions between consumer and connoisseur. For MoMA PS1's two-story gallery, CONFETTISYSTEM (Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho, est. 2008) has created an immersive environment inspired by the mechanics of theatrical staging and fly systems. Evoking theatrical scrims and curtains, 100 Arrangements features new and older design elements by Andersen and Ho that are suspended from above and can be adjusted to varying heights to produce nearly endless permutations. The work serves as a performance space, playing host to live events that are part of MoMA PS1's Sunday Sessions program. The variable environment can be reconfigured to best suit each event, highlighting a compositional system that allows for a functional design.
"CONFETTISYSTEM: 100 Arrangements" is organized by Christopher Y. Lew, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1. Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1 and Eliza Ryan, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1 with Alex Sloane, Volkswagen Fellow. Sunday Sessions is made possible by MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.