March 24–April 8, 2018


MODA Curates is an annual opportunity offered by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program (MODA) for outstanding curatorial proposals related to students’ theses. The sixth iteration of this series is presented for the first time alongside the First-Year MFA Exhibition, in the spacious new Wallach Art Gallery at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. It features two exhibitions exploring pioneering, experimental artistic practices.

Anna Bella Geiger: Here is the Center

Curated by Olivia Casa

The focused survey Anna Bella Geiger: Here is the Center presents a selection of sixteen videos, prints, and photographs created by the Brazilian conceptual artist and video art innovator Anna Bella Geiger during the 1970s. Deriving its title from her 1974 photoetching Aqui é o centro, the exhibition orients Geiger’s output from this decade around her sustained interest in the motif of the center, underscoring, in particular, her use of experimental media to address the dominant paradigms that structure knowledge, experience, and culture. 

In works that playfully deconstruct maps, shift between perspectives, and plot public sites of contestation, Geiger conceives of the center as fluid, characterized by—as she wrote in a text accompanying a 1972 presentation of her work—its ability to shift “from the inside to the outside.” As such, the inclusion of the deictic word “here,” which changes meaning depending on its context, in the exhibition title Here is the Center is emblematic of this concept of the unstable, and unfixed, central position.

Anna Bella Geiger (b. Rio de Janeiro, 1933) studied linguistics and Anglo-Germanic language and literature in Brazil, and sociology and art history at New York University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, such as Espai de Lectura 1: Brasil at MACBA, Barcelona, in 2009; Modern Women: Single Channel at MoMA PS1, New York, in 2011; Video Vintáge at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2012; and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in 2017. Geiger’s major solo exhibitions include Projects: Videos XXI at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1978; On a Certain Piece of Land at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, in 2005; and Physical and Human Geography at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, in 2017. She represented Brazil in the 39th Venice Biennale in 1980 and received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982. Her work is part of important museum collections such as MACBA, Barcelona; the Getty, Los Angeles; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.


New Talent

Curated by Madeline Weisburg

Pairing films and poetry works from the 1960s and early ‘70s with contemporary artists’ and technologists’ interventions, New Talent presents works that explore the nexus between art, technology, and poetry. Taking its name from the article, “New Talent—The Computer,” written by the artist and filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek for Art in America in 1970—a text that reflects upon early computer technology as a field of poetic experimentation, readjustment, and miscalculation—this exhibition examines artistic practices that self-consciously investigate the laws of technology while simultaneously finding means in which to creatively disobey them.

Featuring a program of computer-generated films from the 1960s and early ‘70s by Lillian Schwartz, Stan VanDerBeek, and John Whitney; period works of avant-garde poetry created using computer programming languages; an interdisciplinary salon with a lecture and series of performances by the Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees in collaboration with Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach; a newly commissioned artists’ book by Gerardo Madera; and an experimental writing workshop taught by Allison Parrish, the exhibition looks at historical moments of technological transformation in connection with contemporary concerns, coalescing creative methodologies that seek to carve out spaces for both interference and humor within the technological apparatus.

Anna Bella Geiger, Passagens 2 [Passages 2], 1974, video still (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Henrique Faria, New York.

Past Exhibition

Curated By

Olivia Casa, Madeline Weisburg


A Conversation with Anna Bella Geiger

Please join us for a conversation with artist Anna Bella Geiger, organized in conjunction with the exhibition Anna Bella Geiger: Here is the Center...

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Signal to Noise

The Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees. With Emmy Catedral, Constance DeJong, Andrea Derdzinski, ray ferreira, Dominika Ksel, Sarada Rauch, and Ariana van Gelder In 1966, artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman and Bell Labs engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer established the collective Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) with the intention of promoting collaborations between artists and scientists...

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Electronic Poetry: Writing with Rules and Computation

Taught by Allison Parrish. Electronic Poetry: Writing with Rules and Computation is an experimental writing workshop that introduces participants to the practice of procedural poetry writing—poems made by rules, constraints, appropriation, and chance—with digital tools freely available on the Internet...

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April 7, 2018 - September 29, 2018, RUSS BERRIE MEDICAL SCIENCE PAVILION

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