“Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past” Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

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The Department of Media and Performance Art presents a series of performances under the title “Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past.” Held in collaboration with the exhibitions “Performing Histories (1) and (2),” “Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925,” and “Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde,” these performances constitute “live” responses to the contexts of the three exhibitions, highlighting various artistic methods of engaging with history.

“Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past” emphasizes the travel and translation of artistic ideas, forms, and historical motivations. The included works will trace pathways from the early to mid-20th century, from the European heartland of modernism to the Japanese post-war avant-garde, and through MoMA’s own storied institutional history. The swathe of performances in this series share an interest in holding present and past in close proximity—reinterpreting established narratives, reconfiguring contemporary understanding, and imagining different futures.

The series starts on September 12, 2012, with a performance by Andrea Fraser, and continues until spring 2013.

[Image: Kelly Nipper “Black Forest” (2012) co-commissioned by Tramway for the Glasgow International Festival 2012, Scotland, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland, and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Additional Support from The Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York and The Work Room, Glasgow. Image courtesy the artist]



from September 12, 2012 to August 05, 2013

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