press release

NEW YORK, August 23, 2012–The Museum of Modern Art presents Performing Histories (1), the first of a two-part exhibition of media artworks that engage with history in various ways, from September 12, 2012, to March 11, 2013, in the Yoshiko and Akio Morita Gallery. Bringing together nine works which have recently entered the Museum's collection of Media and Performance Art, the exhibition reflects the variety of the artists' practices, perspectives, and backgrounds, and raises questions about how the past is constructed and how it can inform the present and the future. Featured in the exhibition are works by Kader Attia (French, b. 1970), Andrea Fraser (American, b. 1965), Ion Grigorescu (Romanian, b. 1945), Sharon Hayes (American, b. 1970), Dorit Margreiter (Austrian, b. 1967), Deimantas Narkevičius (Lithuanian, b. 1964), and Martha Rosler (American, b. 1943). Performing Histories (1) is organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, with Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.

The practices exemplified in the works on view, which include revisiting existing narratives and examining one's own cultural, social, and personal history, are not bound to a specific medium. They are part of a critical artistic practice in which artists have a general interest in revealing unknown aspects or even constructing new perspectives on history. In recent decades, artists have increasingly employed a performative approach in dialogue with cinematic and photographic mediums, such as film, slide projection, video, and photography to provide new readings of history and open it to a multitude of narratives.

Performing Histories
Kuratoren: Sabine Breitwieser,Martin Hartung

Künstler: Kader Attia, Andrea Fraser, Ion Grigorescu, Sharon Hayes , Dorit Margreiter, Deimantas Narkevicius Martha Rosler