Not that you don’t have plenty of openings to hit up tomorrow night, but after you’ve swooped into Chelsea, head north to the Museum of Modern Art where, beginning at 8:30 p.m., PopRally is throwing the “Meta-Monumental Pre-Game,” an event in the run-up to Martha Rosler’s November installation Meta-Monumental Garage Sale—an enormous suburban-style garage sale right in MoMA’s atrium where the artist will be on hand to haggle tooth and nail for things that, for the most part, aren’t even hers.
On Sept. 12, the Museum of Modern Art will unveil two new performance-based exhibitions. “Performing Histories (I)” is the first of a two-part exhibition organized by Sabine Breitwieser, chief curator of the media and performance art department, that explores the variety of ways media art has engaged with history and will include recent additions to the museum’s collection. On the same day, the museum will also unveil a three-part performance series with an almost identical title, “Performing Histories,” which will present three live performances in conjunction with three exhibitions in the museum.
On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, a group of young volunteers set up a white tent in front of the entrance to the Museum of Modern Art and began taking donations. “No food, no toxic waste,” said one of them, a woman. “And no weapons.”
Stuffed into cardboard boxes, the day’s haul included a bubble-wrapped acoustic guitar; various pieces of stereo equipment; books, including a guide to making paper airplanes; and a My Little Pony Ponyville Teapot Palace—not bad, considering this was only the third of six public drop-offs (over three weekends) for artist Martha Rosler’s “Meta-Monumental Garage Sale,” an artwork-cum-actual garage sale that will take place in the museum’s atrium for two weeks in November. In the meantime, Ms. Rosler and Sabine Breitwieser, MoMA’s chief curator of media and performance, have been taking donations from museum staff and trustees. “We got a porcelain artichoke,” said Ms. Breitwieser.
Spring Arts Preview
Tauba Auerbach at Paula Cooper
Opens May 5
This is unquestionably the season’s most anticipated show by a young artist. After trompe/Op painter Tauba Auerbach’s dealer, Jeffrey Deitch, left town to head L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art two years ago, while her work was on view at the last edition of the Whitney Biennial, she was courted by numerous high-profile dealers but settled on Paula Cooper. She has been weaving to make paintings recently, and focusing increasingly on color, but details remain scarce on her latest developments. “I paint and paint and then destroy nine out of ten paintings,” she recently told an interviewer when asked about her projects. “My standards are increasingly hard to meet.”