Two Moon July

The Kitchen

January 20, 2015February 6, 2015

Free and open to all, MOCA's Intermission is a period between exhibition seasons. During Intermission, all galleries are closed but the Talalay Classroom, Artsquad Plays Workroom and the Gund Commons are open and museum admission is free.

For the Winter/Spring Intermission period, MOCA is pleased to present Two Moon July, an experimental television production which brought together video, film, visual art, performance and music in a theatrical framework. More than thirty artists participated in the program, which was produced for the Kitchen by Carlota Schoolman and directed by Tom Bowes. This production reflects a moment when art centers were experimenting with new modes of presenting the arts for television. The participating artists read like a "who's who" of 1980s downtown art icons. Short excerpts from video and film works (by artists including Vito Acconci, Dara Birnbaum, Bruce Connor and Bill Viola) are intercut with performances and art installations in the Kitchen's gallery spaces. Laurie Anderson performs Difficult Listening Hour, speaking through the male voice of her "Soul Doctor" character; Talking Heads' front man David Byrne is featured in the performance piece Report from L.A.; choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones performs Inspiration to the accompaniment of John and Evan Lurie's music. Art works by 80s art stars Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and Jonathan Borofsky are integral to the mise en scene, while music by downtown legends Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Arto Lindsay, among others, provides a running soundtrack. Two Moon July provides a comprehensive overview of a fascinating moment in the history of performance art.

Courtesy of the Kitchen Archives and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.