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#PickoftheWeek | Artists strike poses as part an exhibition at MoMA PS1
They’re called “Wall Floor Positions.”
Artists will turn themselves into minimalist props and strike various poses at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City on Fridays and Saturdays until Feb. 17.
It might seem like public yoga, but it’s actually part of an exhibition, “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” that is presented in two complementary parts at The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan through Feb. 18, 2019, and at MoMA PS1 through Feb. 25, 2019. The Manhattan installation develops concepts that are explored in greater depth in Long Island City.
With a career that spans more than 50 years, Nauman is a multi-media guy who revels in conveying the hazards and thrills of being alive. His pieces might include watercolor paintings, flashing neon signs, sound installations, video corridors, and maybe even some furniture. For “Disappearing Acts,” the New Mexico resident created venues with empty centers, fragmented bodies, negative spaces, voices emanating from hidden speakers, and sculptures.
So what about the “Wall Floor Positions?”
Nauman loved them. He performed them, too. His first live show was in 1965. No documentation survives, but a 1968 video is on view at MoMA PS1. Nauman riffs on a classical pose, and a stationary camera follows the young artist as he paces up and down a corridor, swinging his hips from side to side.
Watch the 1968 video on a loop. Check out the other “Wall Floor Positions” live.
Each performance will last about 30 minutes with starts scheduled for 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, and 5 pm on both days. Plus, the fun will repeat through January and February on Fridays and Saturdays with the same show times.
The artists who will do the honors are Laurel Atwell, Kim Brandt, Paul Hamilton, Honey Jernquist, Jiang Feng 江峰 , NIC Kay, Lydia Adler Okrent, and Kiyan Williams.
Images: MoMA PS1
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