|Francis Alÿs||MoMA Projects 76|
The Museum of Modern Art presents Projects 76: Francis Alÿs at MoMA QNS, a commissioned installation that is comprised of a video
of his recent ceremonial procession commemorating MoMA's move from midtown Manhattan to Long Island City, Queens. The video is shown with a group of the artist's photographs and drawings from the event.
The procession took place on June
23, beginning at MoMA's midtownlocation at 11 West 53
Street and moving across the Queensboro Bridge, up Queens
Boulevard to MoMA QNS on 33 Street. Participants in the
procession carried palanquins holding representations of
works in the Museum's collection by artists such as Pablo
Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Alberto Giacometti. The
event-with its rose petal-strewn route and brass band-had
the feel of a religious procession, like the one in
Little Italy's famous annual San Gennaro festival.
"Francis Alÿs has responded to this moment of
transition for the museum by devising a timely and
provocative performance," said Ms. Montgomery.
"With this piece, he has encouraged us all to
reflect fondly on our relationships with modern icons and
to find mystical meaning in unexpected contexts."
76: Francis Alÿs, an Inaugural Exhibition at MoMA QNS,
is on View from June 29 to September 16, 2002
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