MOMA, New York City. The Work is Never Done.
On the verge of opening their major expansion in 2019, which will include much needed performance space, this groundbreaking exhibition will shift audience and arts presenters perceptions of how and where to experience both visual and performing arts.
“I didn’t know quite know what i was looking at but I sensed it was important.”
“We looked out the window for possible ideas.”
“We didn’t know what we were doing, but were rigorous about how we did it.”
“It was a new palette all of the materials were right there.”
-quotes from moma.org
These are common thoughts of today’s artists and their creative process.
However, there was quite a rigorous and regimented format on display in most art forms and institutions before Judson Church in the 1960s; especially, at MOMA.
The museum began collecting what they called “time-based art” in the 1960s, th
ey did not establish an official department for media and performance until 2006.
Nothing about this exhibition was two dimensional as MOMA’s former reputation might suggest. The exhibition space included a stage with no risers, where the audience can feel like they are part of the process. The show also has a full schedule of performances and workshops by local performing arts organizations and dance companies, includeing Judson Church based, Movement Research.
“This exhibition emphasizes the cross-disciplinary activities and experimental spirit of Judson Dance Theater and New York’s Downtown scene in the 1960s,” said Cruator Ana Janevski.
“That spirit is especially resonant today, as the Museum has made a demonstrated effort to work cross-departmentally and to highlight the central role played by dance and performance in the visual arts throughout the 20th century.”
George Brecht, Trisha Brown, John Cage, Al Carmines, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Merce Cunningham, Diane Di Prima, Bill Dixon, Rosalyn Drexler, Judith Dunn, Simone Forti, Gene Friedman, David Gordon, Anna Halprin, Lawrence Halprin, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Storm De Hirsch, Jill Johnston, LeRoi Jones, Allan Kaprow, Fred McDarrah, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Aileen Passloff, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, Elaine Summers, Cecil Taylor, Stan VanDerBeek, James Waring, Robert Whitman, Phyllis Yampolsky, and La Monte Young.
The exhibition is organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, and Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator, with Martha Joseph, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, which continues through February 3, 2019.
This show does not focus on one leader as it was a community in its own right; however, much credit is due to Anna Halprin and her husband Lawrence, for her workshops in Marin County, where many dancers and choreographers would go to collaborate and create their work. Halprin left New York early in her career to pursue her projects in nature.
In true West Coast fashion, the DeYoung Museum produced a program of workshops and performances by Anna Halprin.
“This October we celebrate Halprin and her multidisciplinary practice by presenting a selection of performances, film screenings, workshops, and participatory events, including Planetary Dance (which has been staged in forty-six countries on six continents to date)”