James Lee Byars, New York/Paris

August 18, 2014 | By Dorothée Charles

From June to September 2014: exhibitions and performances are presented at MoMA PS1 in New York and at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris to celebrate the American artist James Lee Byars (Detroit, 1932- Cairo, 1997).

MoMA PS1 presents the most comprehensive museum survey of James Lee Byars organized in North America since his death. The exhibition 1/2 an Autobiography, which includes documentation and works across a range of mediums confronts the absence of Byars himself, and more generally highlights the inherently incomplete summary that a retrospective offers of an artist’s life.

Dates: June 15–September 7, 2014
Location: MoMA PS1

Sunday, August 17, noon, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Mile-Long Paper Walk (1965/2014) / Performed by Katie Dorn; choreographic construction by Lucinda Childs.

Sunday, September 7, between noon and 5:00 p.m.
4 performances (1967-1975) / Performed by Jimmy Robert
- Four in a Dress (1967/2014)
- Dress for Two (1969)
- Ten in a Hat (c. 1969/2012)
- The Perfect Kiss (1975)

Location: MoMA

At the occasion of Mémoires Vives, an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, The Monument to Language is presented from September 2th to 21st, 2014. Created by James Lee Byars in 1995, The Monument to Language is a 3 meters in diameter, gilded bronze sphere.


Sunday, September 5, 2014, from 6 p.m. to midnight
L’entretien infini / Hans Ulrich Obrist proposal with artists and scientists

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9 p.m.
Patti Smith, Spheres (for James Lee Byars)

© Photo : J. L. Byars, The Monument to Language, 1995/Coll. Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. Photo F. Kleinefenn.

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