An afternoon at MoMA PS1
M. Wells Winter Carnival, Performance by Clifford Owens, e-flux book co-op Lecture

Saturday, December 17, 2011
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Please join us on Saturday for an afternoon of art, lectures, performances, and the M. Wells Winter Carnival at MoMA PS1.

The M. Wells Winter Carnival

12:00—6:00 PM, Courtyard

M. Wells will host a Winter Carnival in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, complete with a wood-oven duck cassoulet, slices of meat pie and maple pie (both will be available for pre-order and for pick up that afternoon), and maple taffy. In addition, Manducatis Rustica will set up a pyramid of panettone and a Ciociaria-style grill for skewers of meats. Snow, ice sculptures, a gingerbread house, and live music are also part of the festivities.

Clifford Owens: Anthology Performance

2:00 PM, Lobby

In conjunction with his Anthology exhibition, Clifford Owens will give a special performance of scores by Lyle Ashton Harris, Dave McKenzie, Senga Nengudi, and Nsenga Knight.

Additional performances will be held on January 14, February 11, and March 11.

e-flux book co-op presents a discussion with Franco "Bifo" Berardi

4:00 PM, Lobby

The concept of insolvency, as it has been applied in the U.S. and in the E.U., has to do with economic debt, but there is also a symbolic debt implied in the capitalist process of exploitation. In the E.U., this symbolic debt is bound to tensions that haunted European modernity—between Calvinist and Catholic, Baroque and Gothic, good German laborers and bad, lazy Mediterraneans. This is a subject often avoided for being politically incorrect, because no one wants to see the religious, anthropological, and aesthetic implications of the crisis. But the concept of symbolic debt may also provide a way out. What if debt as semiotization and insolvency could actually provide autonomy from capitalist semiotization—a direct move from insolvency to emancipation? What is the meaning of the word "revolution" anyhow? Let us consider how the concept of emancipation will replace that of revolution.

This is the second in a season of discussions presented by e-flux book co-op at MoMA PS1. Future events will feature artists, writers, and theorists such as AA Bronson, Paul Chan, Sven Lütticken, Elizabeth Povinelli, and others confronting the recent intensification of political life.


Through December 31, First Floor

ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 is pleased to announce the first annual Special Winter Store. Through the month of December, take advantage of our storewide holiday discounts of up to 30% off your purchase. Find gifts for everyone on your list, from our extensive selection of books on art and culture to your favorite MoMA Design products! For details, please visit

The exhibitions September 11; George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies; Frances Stark: My Best Thing; Rania Stephan; Clifford Owens: Anthology; and Surasi Kusolwong will all be on view.



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