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Looking back

“If I could tell a 15‑year‑old self something, it’d be to try not to care about your appearance. Besides that, I think to always hold on to that sense of childhood wonder, that excitement. I always try to make sure I remember to put that back into my work, to remember that from doing it because I love it, and it’s not just a job, and doing it for play. As an artist, I think it’s incredibly important to hold on to the fearlessness that you have as a child. It helps you take risks in your art.”

In honor of International Women’s Day this week, we are posting quotes from our latest Creative New York interview with Petra Collins, highlighting important issues relating to body image, openness and collaboration, and health care access as an artist. Read the entire interview at nyc.moma.org.

Join us on 3/18 for PopRally’s Petra Collins: In Search of Us, an evening of performance, music, and digital art conceived and developed by Collins and artist Madelyne Beckles. Tickets and more info at mo.ma/poprallyxpetra

[Portrait of Petra Collins by Nguan]

“My work is always about mapping.”

“My work is always about mapping. About mapping sometimes in a more literal sense, where I walk around in space in order to be able to reproduce it in a narrative way and also overlay that space with stories of people and stories of particular spaces. Then, there’s also mapping in a larger sense, which perhaps has more to do with understanding that [cartography] is making something visible. It’s drawing a line and grouping elements together so that those elements become visible as a part of a single space.”

–Valeria Luiselli, author of Story of My Teeth. PopRally spoke with Valeria about her nomadic upbringing, living in Harlem, and the pleasures of a good walk. Read the full interview at nyc.moma.org

[Polaroid by Valeria Luiselli. Courtesy the artist]

“This series of animations was inspired by finding solace in celebrating traditionally dismissed feminine objects, the act of creating a world that mirrors my desires, and Eiichi Yamamoto’s dark psychedelic fantasy tale ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ (1973).”  - Grace Miceli

For PopRally Presents Petra Collins: In Search of Us, artists Madelyne Beckles, Aleia Murawski, and Grace Miceli have created a series of original, short artist videos, conceived with Petra Collins, that re-examine the canonical representation of the female body. This contemporary take on the 19th-century Salon des Indépendants has been released over the course of the week on our Instagram account, in advance of Saturday’s PopRally event, where a site-specific, live tableau will confront these very notions IRL. The event is sold out, but tune in to Instagram on Saturday night for live posts from the event. More information at mo.ma/PopRallyxPetra

“Let Her Eat Grapes!”

“‘Let Her Eat Grapes!’ is an interrogation of Dutch still life painting by insertion of black female body into the work. This is meant to illuminate the tension between aestheticizing the abundance that appears in the domestic sphere, while the Dutch were capitalizing off of black bodies through slavery at the same point in history.” - Madelyne Beckles

For PopRally Presents Petra Collins: In Search of Us, artists Madelyne Beckles, Aleia Murawski, and Grace Miceli have created videos to re-examine the canonical representation of the female body through a series of original, short artist videos conceived with Petra Collins.

This contemporary take on the 19th-century Salon des Indépendants will be released over the course of this week on MoMA’s Instagram in advance of Saturday’s PopRally Presents Petra Collins: In Search of Us event, where a site-specific, live tableau will confront these very notions IRL, along with Junglepussy’s live rap anthems, DJ set by Madeline Poole, open bar, and gallery access. More information and tickets available at mo.ma/PopRallyxPetra

“My process is to throw as much stuff against the wall.”

“My process is to throw as much stuff against the wall. Eventually stuff will stick or it might not. Sometimes it takes time, but you have to be [in the studio] to be the dreamcatcher and catch the ideas that are coming to you.” – Jean-Philip Grobler, St. Lucia

For the latest installment of Creative New York, PopRally sat down with Jean Grobler and Patti Beranek of St. Lucia, ahead of their performance at the 2017 Armory Party, to talk about music, art, and what inspires them. Check out our conversation at nyc.moma.org.

[Photo by Emily Winiker]

“Painting for me lies in the pure pleasure of invention,” Francis Picabia wrote in 1927.

“Working on the Picabia exhibition even led to my own inventions! Here I am in my hand-painted costume inspired by the artist’s designs for his Relâche dancers. Everything is more fun when you’re wearing dots!”

Francis Picabia curatorial assistant Talia Kwartler shows us just how easy it is to get in the Arty Gras spirit! Join us tomorrow night, Sunday 2/26, when PopRally brings the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration to MoMA with live music by High & Mighty Brass Band, custom masks by Damien Davis, open bar, and some good old plain fun. Costumes welcome. Get tickets here.

Creative New York #11

“I was mostly in love, and in love in a way that I’ve never been again with New York, when I was much younger, the first time I arrived here, and I was trying to be a dancer. There was a kind of love for the city that has developed now into maybe a much more mature marriage, with all its boredom and all its beauties as well.”

– Valeria Luiselli, author of Story of My Teeth. MoMA’s PopRally spoke with Valeria about her nomadic upbringing, living in Harlem, and the pleasures of a good walk. Read the full interview at mo.ma/creativenewyork

[Ilse Bing. East River, New York. c. 1936. Gelatin silver print. Bequest of Ilse Bing Wolff]

“The cookbook really is representative of the restaurant. It has this energy that I think most cookbooks don’t. Our story sort of leaps off the page, the personality of the restaurant hits you full force over the head.” – Amanda Cohen, chef of Dirt Candy

PopRally spoke to Amanda about her graphic novel cookbook. Read the full interview at nyc.moma.org

[Artwork by Ryan Dunlavey, from “Dirt Candy: A Cookbook.” Image courtesy of the artist]

“You don’t have to convince anybody to listen to you…. You can just do everything literally yourself, and it’s the best thing in the world.”

For its latest installment of Creative New York, PopRally chatted with Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu, hosts of @buzzfeed’s popular podcast “Another Round,” about social media and amplifying new voices. Read the full interview at nyc.moma.org

[Photo: Jon Premosch/BuzzFeed]

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton of “Another Round”

“When we’re making the show, I envision people like us because there’s just not enough stuff that’s tailored toward anybody who’s not, like, a white dude, basically. So it feels good to be able to be like, okay this is the show that I would want to listen to if I listened to podcasts. Because I don’t, really. And we just really want to fill a gap, fill a hole, because there’s just such a starved audience out there that really wants to see themselves represented. And, that’s who I envision when we’re making the show.” -Tracy Clayton (left) of Buzzfeed’s Another Round podcast

For its latest installment of Creative New York, PopRally chats with Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu, hosts of Buzzfeed’s hilarious podcast Another Round, entering its second season. Read the full interview at nyc.moma.org

[Photo: Jon Premosch/BuzzFeed]

This Thursday, PopRally presents a collaborative “visual concert” from musician and sound artist Julianna Barwick and photographer and moving-image artist Matthew Brandt. The performance will be followed by a reception and an after-hours viewing of Ernie Gehr: Carnival of Shadows. Get your tickets now! 

[Video still, courtesy of Matthew Brandt]

Creative New York

“I had been approached a couple of times to write a cookbook in the first year of the restaurant. I kept saying it’s too soon, we don’t have a story to tell, I don’t have enough recipes. And then I was having a discussion with my husband, and he said, ‘Well would you think about doing a comic book cookbook or something?’ And we both stopped and were like, oh actually, that could work.”

– Amanda Cohen, chef of Dirt Candy. PopRally spoke with Amanda about her graphic novel cookbook. Read the full interview here.

[Artwork by Ryan Dunlavey, from “Dirt Candy: A Cookbook.” Image courtesy of the artist]

(via Creative New York)

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Awol Erizku and MeLo-X talk synesthesia, Fresh Prince, and tomorrow's PopRally event. Get your tickets before they sell out! 

Next Friday, L.A. artist and rapper Yung Jake and friends will present a mixture of music, performance, and video in our main lobby. Best known for his Internet-based work, Yung Jake takes full advantage of tools unique to the most recent generation of contemporary artists; memes, data, GIFs, mash-ups, pixellation, tweeting, and texting all make frequent appearances in his work, often in surprising and unusual ways.

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