Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019
$12, $10, $8
Artist, writer, and nightlife impresario Juliana Huxtable presents her new performance There Are Certain Facts that Cannot Be Disputed, co-commissioned by Performa and The Museum of Modern Art, which highlights her evocative use of language and written text.
Realized in collaboration with a ensemble of music, sound, video, and lighting artists, three vignettes address the vexed relationship between the ephemeral nature of digital information and the drive for historical documentation in cyberspace, particularly as it relates to closed servers, bounced URLs, and Google cache. Huxtable, who approaches the Web as a vital resource for narratives that are usually discarded or placed in the margins of history, considers how the Internet has evolved from a largely text-based medium to one propelled by the power of visual symbols. She imagines these virtual spaces as twilight zones of desire, where music, dramatic oration, video, and the presence of human and digital characters coalesce into an immersive, schizophrenic experience that traverses topics as diverse as black samurai, trans-healers in South Africa, pre-colonial globalism, and human evolution.
Organized by Adrienne Edwards, Curator, Performa, and Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art, with Martha Joseph, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art.
Image credit: Juliana Huxtable, There Are Certain Facts That Cannot Be Disputed, 2015; photo courtesy of the artist. Juliana Huxtable, There Are Certain Facts That Cannot Be Disputed, 2015. A Performa Commission, co-commissioned with The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Paula Court
There Are Certain Facts that Cannot Be Disputed is co-commissioned by Performa and The Museum of Modern Art. Organized by The Museum of Modern Art.
The performance at MoMA is made possible 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.