Will Rawls, Cursor 1: Word Lists, 2018. Courtesy of the artist

On view June 21, 2018 through August 12, 2018.

Join the Hirshhorn’s summer of performance for an extraordinary season of intimate, moving experiences.

Does the body is the Museum’s first live performance exhibition, presenting the newest generation of American artists who blend the avant-garde legacy of performance art with pop culture.

Each work challenges crucial ideas about the body and identity through dance, music, comedy, and spoken word, and will invite you to connect with the artists and your fellow visitors to find ways to “dance better together.” The exhibition also includes a larger ongoing presentation of documentaries and recorded works that offer an introduction to these five exciting artists—Morgan Bassichis, Moriah Evans, Will Rawls, Jen Rosenblit, and Mariana Valencia.

Curated by Mark Beasley, Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art with curatorial assistance from Betsy Johnson, Assistant Curator.

Jen Rosenblit, I’m gonna need another one (2018)

June 29-30, 7 PM

A 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, choreographer, and dancer based in Berlin, Rosenblit debuts a new work in which she inhabits five distinct characters, from a wheat farmer to Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, through the use of costumes, props, and vivid theatrics.

“Rosenblit, who marries conceptual ideas to a vivid sense of theater, is a playful contrarian.” – The New York Times

Mariana Valencia, Album (2018)

July 12-13, 7 PM

In this new solo work, Valencia presents a powerful herstory of her own life through a choral surround of original songs, dances, and monologues. She is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to Artists grantee (2018) and has performed around the globe.

“Her work is a gateway to an unknown world that is controlled yet wild, one in which every shape, movement, sound, and object is equally understandable and mysterious.” – BOMB Magazine

Morgan Bassichis, Me But Also Everybody (Part IV) (2018)

July 19, 6:30 PM and 9 PM

Blending stand-up comedy, live music, and raw personal therapy, Bassichis offers an intense new solo work for piano and voice. A composer, singer, comedian and cabaret artist, Bassichis has performed at Artists Space, MoMA PS1, and the Whitney Museum.

“The first time I saw Morgan perform I remember laughing so hard my cheeks hurt.” – BOMB Magazine

Will Rawls, Cursor (2018)

July 26-27, 3 PM

muses on the computer cursor as a kind of body, describing the graphic as a “protagonist and expectant messenger,” with dance, writing, voice, and objects. As a choreographer, writer, and performer, Rawls frequently explores ideas of dance and blackness, ambiguity and abstraction.

“Mr. Rawls sees the hopefulness of dance” – The New York Times

Moriah Evans, Be My Muse (2016)

August 6–10, 11 AM, noon, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM on the hour

As a choreographer, Evans interrogates dance’s complex history and structure with an exciting, expansive sense of the art form. In Be My Muse, Evans will occupy the Hirshhorn’s circular gallery for five days with a series of 49-minute performances.  For each performance, she will expose her process to a series of interventions and opinions from museum visitors, producing an open choreography regulated both by time and the intimate, momentary exchanges between two people. Be My Muse examines the construction of a solo performance while redefining expressions of power, control, dominance, submission, and the authority of the artist.

“a smart, idea-driven choreographer” – The New York Times