MoMA Launching New Series of Artist-Led Participatory Programs

The Museum of Modern Art has tapped four artists to launch its new series, “Artists Experiments,” whose inaugural roster of events will span this winter and spring, activating the museum as a site for collaboration, interaction with and among the public, and exchange with artists and other cultural producers. The artists are writer, poet, and UbuWeb founder Kenneth Goldsmith; Torolab founder and director Raúl Cárdenas Osuna; multidisciplinary artist Xaviera Simmons; and artist, activist, and bartering-based economics expert Caroline Woolard.

Each participant will contribute to events, interactive happenings, and other exchanges at MoMA. The series launches tonight with the sold out event “Capital Exchange: A Dinner Event,” a multi-sensory meal experience designed by all four artists and based on a classic 20th-century New York meal (we assume this means there will be Reuben sandwiches will be served) with a few 21st-century updates. Goldsmith, Woolard, Simmons, and invited guests will punctuate the evening with readings, music, and performance, whicle Torolab dhef Diego Becerra and MoMA Café 2 chef Lynn Bound serve up a three-course meal designed by Cárdenas Osuna.

“As the nature of artistic practice expands, artists are engaging with a range of disciplines and increasingly looking to people and the spaces around them to serve as partners in an ongoing creative collaboration,” Pablo Helguera, the director of adult and academic programs at MoMA, said in a statement. “Artists Experiment aims to foster these types of interactions, situating MoMA as a laboratory for experimentation with public engagement and providing visitors with direct access to a diverse group of artists and writers.”

The next event on the “Artists Experiment” schedule is a March 20 lecture by Goldsmith, who is also MoMA’s current poet laureate. The most intriguing event announced thus far, however, is a May 31 course titled: “Astonishing City Free Of Microbes and Captive Elephants: A ‘Pataphysical Bus Tour with Kenneth Goldsmith.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo © 2004 Timothy Hursley. Via Museum of Modern Art/Facebook.)