Open call for applications: Summer School 2012 at MoMA PS1 with Marina Abramović, Steve Paxton, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
MoMA PS1‘s educational program Summer School returns this August for its second iteration. An annual series of workshops, lectures, and discussions, Summer School brings students together for a focused conversation on contemporary practice with artists, authors, musicians, curators, theorists, and scholars who have made significant contributions in their respective fields. Modeled after European summer academies, Summer School turns the grounds of MoMA PS1—an institution housed in a former public school—into a seasonal campus.
This year, Marina Abramović, Steve Paxton, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will respectively teach master classes to a select group of students in the arts. Each class will culminate in a presentation open to the public at MoMA PS1 on September 9.
A pioneer of performance art, Marina Abramović (b. 1946, Yugoslavia) will teach The Abramović Method at MoMA PS1, a technique which trains students in achieving a clear state of mind in order to develop ideas for their own work.
One of the most significant choreographers of his generation, Steve Paxton (b. 1939, America) will teach two of his seminal postmodern works, Satisfying Lover (1967) and State (1968), to be publicly performed in conjunction with the upcoming dance series, Some sweet day, at The Museum of Modern Art. Students in this workshop will also have to commit to performing in October; any type of walking and standing abilities may be used. More details to follow upon acceptance.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (b. 1950, Great Britain) has been testing the limits of music, language, art, and identity for nearly forty years, and participants in this workshop will be asked to explore the emotional journeys of their life to date in the creation of an intimate, personal, magical language.
MoMA PS1 is currently accepting applications for Summer School 2012. Space is limited and participation is by application only; all current art, poetry, film, writing, music, and drama students are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be current students with majors or emphases in art or an art-related discipline, and must provide proof of current enrollment with their application. Participants should be available during the day and will be notified of class dates upon acceptance.
To apply for Summer School 2012, please send a completed application (details below) to MoMAPS1SummerSchool@moma.org.
In order to be considered, you must include all the following materials as attachments (PDF only) in a single email:
- Statement of intent (250–500 words)
- Academic letter of reference
- Clear, legible image of student identification
Please note in email subject line which course you are applying to (e.g., “Application for Summer School with Steve Paxton”).
If you would like to apply to more than one of the Summer School 2012 courses, you must submit a separate application for each choice.
No applications sent via fax will be accepted. No phone calls, please.
Application deadline: July 20, 2012
Public presentation: September 9, 2012
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Summer School 2012 at MoMA PS1 is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with curatorial assistance from Matthew Evans, Lizzie Gorfaine, and Jocelyn Miller.