New York

New York

“MOVED BY THE MOTION: SUDDEN RISE”

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
April 26–April 27, 2019

Organized by Adrienne Edwards with Greta Hartenstein

I can see him smiling, swirling, velveteen. In Wu Tsang’s 2015 video Girl Talk, Fred Moten is verdant, shot through with sunshine. At the Whitney this spring, as the collective Moved by the Motion, Moten and Tsang—along with boychild, Patrick Belaga, Josh Johnson, and Asma Maroof—will present “Sudden Rise,” a series of performances encompassing fragments of music, text, dance, and film. Is an ensemble always already a collage? Language and references drawn from Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Jimi Hendrix, and Hannah Arendt will feature throughout. A motley crew is perhaps just another way to describe the citational nature of personhood. One does not yet know what the performances will be, or, for that matter, what a person could be. We imagine this: Better to be prepositional than pronominal—exploring the ways of being from, being despite, being about, being with each other.