previews

New York

“Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
March 31 - July 22

Curated by Christophe Cherix, David Platzker, and Connie Butler

She’s the greatest dancer. For more than five decades, Adrian Piper has advanced and everted that great whirl of thinking and form we too neatly call Conceptual art. Piper shows us how to do it right, perhaps most generously through her signature performance and video works. From Funk Lessons, 1983–84, and The Big Four-Oh, 1988, to her more recent Adrian Moves to Berlin, 2007/2017, in which she grooves to postmillennial Berlin house music in sunny Alexanderplatz, Piper kicks open your mind as she steps to the rhythm. It’s been over a decade since her last solo American museum show, and this retrospective is a big deal: More than 280 works will take over the entirety of MoMA's sixth floor—a first for a living artist. The exhibition will arrive with a new catalogue and a reader, both published by the museum, as well as an auto-biographical text produced by her research foundation in Berlin. Keep up if you can.