previews

New York

Reza Abdoh

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
June 3 - September 3

Curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Negar Azimi, Tiffany Malakooti, and Babak Radboy

Before his death from AIDS in 1995 at just thirty-two, Iranian American theater director Reza Abdoh had developed a multimedia practice that crossed formal experimentation, provocation, and a commitment to political action. In maximalist productions with his company, Dar a Luz, staged in abandoned spaces in Los Angeles and New York, Abdoh drew on oneiric fantasies, sadomasochism, queer club culture, and the legacy of the avant-garde to subject his audiences to a sensory assault. This collaboration between MoMA PS1 and Bidoun will be the first large-scale retrospective of the artist’s work, and will include Abdoh’s engagement with video as well as contextualizing materials and an installation based on his 1991 production Bogeyman, described by one contemporaneous critic as “a raucous, angry exorcism of relationships and assorted fears, shadowed by the Big One: the plague of AIDS.” Travels to KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, February 2–April 29, 2019.