NEW YORK, December 20, 2010
—The Museum of Modern Art continues its Performance Exhibition Series with a range of performances taking place during January and February 2011. The Identical Lunch, a performance by Alison Knowles held in conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Art from the Collection, will take place twice a week between January 13 and February 4 in MoMA’s Cafe 2. A program of live performance and dance, featuring the work of such notable figures as Trisha Brown and Ralph Lemon, will take place in MoMA’s Marron Atrium in conjunction with the exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century. Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, an exhibition of photographs of performative actions drawn from MoMA’s collection, opens on January 28 and brings together performances from the last 50 years that were specifically created for the camera. Continuing through January 10, Allora & Calzadilla’s Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano will be performed daily in MoMA’s Marron Atrium. Complete information on each of the exhibitions is below.
PERFORMANCE EXHIBITION SERIES:
Performance 10: Alison Knowles
January 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, and February 3 and 4
Cafe 2, second floor
In conjunction with the exhibition Contemporary Art from the Collection, Alison Knowles is inviting Museum visitors to have an “identical lunch” with her, as a performance piece, on select dates in January and February in MoMA’s Cafe 2. Knowles conceived of The Identical Lunch in the late 1960s, when her friend and fellow Fluxus artist Philip Corner noticed that she ate the same lunch every day: “a tuna fish sandwich on wheat toast with butter and lettuce, no mayo, and a cup of soup or glass of buttermilk.” Turning this habit into a performance, she asked friends to try the same lunch, often at a local diner, and to write about their experiences. The project has evolved to include communal meals served by Knowles along with artist’s books gathering photographs and participants’ descriptions of the events. For the MoMA performance, participants must sign up for the event on MoMA’s website, MoMA.org. Registration begins January 3 at 9:30 a.m. Space is limited; lunch will be free with Museum admission. The exhibition is organized by Kathy Halbreich, Associate Director, and Christophe Cherix, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art.