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February 21 – March 20, 2016

Museum of Modern Art
The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium

Artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi’s PLASTIC is a commissioned live installation in which dancers perform throughout MoMA continuously during opening hours.

PLASTIC is comprised of various overlapping live installations that shift the temporal space and encourages the public to witness the performer as a transforming object where presence, gaze and architecture coalesce.  Sustained movement encourages visitors to closely observe the small shifts in the performers’ motions over time. 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, PLASTICreformats 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.

Marron Atrium and Garden Lobby staircase: Hristoula Harakas, Maria Hassabi, Molly Lieber, Paige Martin, and Oisín Monaghan

Staircase between fourth- and fifth-floor galleries: Michael Helland, Niall Jones, Tara Lorenzen, and Mickey Mahar

Marron Atrium: Simon Courchel, Jessie Gold, Neil Greenberg, Elizabeth Hart, Kennis Hawkins, Niall Jones, Shelley Senter, RoseAnne Spradlin, and David Thomson

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.


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Maria Hassabi: PLASTIC is co-commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

The exhibition at MoMA is organized by Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator, with Martha Joseph, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.

Major support for the MoMA presentation is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation and by The Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions.

Generous funding is provided by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art and by The Modern Women’s Fund.

photos William Nadylam