PLASTIC 2016 by Maria Hassabi

By Maria Hassabi
With Simon Courchel, Jessie Gold, Neil Greenberg, Hristoula Harakas, Elizabeth Hart, Kennis Hawkins, Maria Hassabi, Michael Helland, Niall Jones, Molly Lieber, Tara Lorenzen, Mickey Mahar, Paige Martin, Oisín Monaghan, Shelley Senter, RoseAnne Spradlin, and David Thomson

MoMA February 21-March 20, 2016

Artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi’s PLASTIC is a commissioned live installation in which dancers perform throughout MoMA continuously during opening hours. They move between poses at a barely perceptible pace across the Museum’s floors and down its staircases. At moments, their positions recall images of bodies in repose, collapse, or transition. With no apparent beginning and end, PLASTIC reformats the duration of theatrical performance into a month-long museum exhibition. Removing the physical distance between audience and performer, Hassabi’s sustained movement encourages visitors to closely observe the small shifts in the performers’ motions over time. Exploring the tension between stillness and sustained movement, PLASTIC addresses the interface between artistic object and human subject.

PLASTIC is on view in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby staircase, The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, and the wooden staircase between the fourth- and fifth-floor galleries. On Fridays, PLASTIC is performed only in the Marron Atrium.

Sound design by Morten Norbye Halvorsen

Song fragments by Marina Rosenfeld

Styling by threeASFOUR

The artist gratefully acknowledges the Jerome Foundation, Abrons Arts Center, collective address, The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Kaaitheater (Brussels), and MoMA PS1.

Photo by Julieta Cervantes