The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Present Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, Opening October 21, 2018
The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 will collaborate on the first comprehensive retrospective in 25 years devoted to the work of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941), on view at MoMA from October 21, 2018, through February 18, 2019, and at MoMA PS1 from October 21, 2018, through February 25, 2019. Co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art and Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts draws upon the rich holdings of both institutions and nearly 70 lenders. Encompassing Nauman’s career, the exhibition will occupy the Museum’s entire sixth floor and the whole of MoMA PS1. This joint presentation will provide an opportunity to experience Nauman’s command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and neon to performance, video, film, sculpture, and architecturally scaled environments. Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts is organized by Kathy Halbreich, Laurenz Foundation Curator and Advisor to the Director, The Museum of Modern Art; with Heidi Naef, Chief Curator, and Isabel Friedli, Curator, Schaulager Basel; and Magnus Schaefer, Assistant Curator, and Taylor Walsh, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is currently on view at Schaulager through August 26, 2018.
Since 1970, Nauman has frequently worked on a monumental scale, necessitating this expansive presentation across both of MoMA’s locations. Both venues include works in all mediums and from all phases of Nauman’s career, offering distinct but complementary perspectives on his wide-ranging practice. The characteristics of the two spaces have shaped the curatorial approach to each: the flexibility of The Museum of Modern Art’s sixth-floor exhibition galleries will accommodate five of the artist’s largest works, alongside a representative selection of his production across the decades. The exhibition moves swiftly from Nauman’s early sculptures, drawings, and films that explore the body—sometimes his own—to room-size installations that directly involve the viewer and often dictate a path around, in, or through them. The suite of former classrooms in MoMA PS1’s historic building will house over 120 works, organized thematically to chart the recurrence of key concepts throughout Nauman’s 50-year career. The presentation highlights consistencies in a seemingly disparate body of work, as Nauman revisits earlier motifs and concerns with new urgency.