PopRally Presents

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]

“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

“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.

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]

May 17: MoMA PopRally presents Serendipity, an evening of films and photography by Awol Erizku featuring a special sound performance by MeLo-X. The event includes a DJ set by Kitty Cash, an open bar, and special after-hours access to Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, a sweeping reinstallation of MoMA’s Contemporary Galleries. Get tickets now! 

[Photo by Awol Erizku]

This Sunday MoMA PopRally presents “YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015,” a global gathering at sunrise celebrating the exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 and the 50th anniversary of Yoko Ono’s New York performance of Morning Piece (1964) to George Maciunas. (The event at MoMA is sold out.)

Beyond the eight official events at partner institutions around the world, we’re encouraging you to host your own “MORNING PEACE” event on the 21st and share your experience via the hashtag #YokoOnoPeace.

Download materials to host your own event and learn about global partner events.

February 29: PopRally presents Soldier, Spectre, Shaman, Poet: A Poetry Reading featuring Joshua Bennett, Darkmatter, Alysia Harris, Phil Kaye, and Monica McClure. Your ticket also includes an open bar and admission to the exhibition Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War, which explores the human body and creativity in times of crisis.