Exhibition - Amanda Williams: Embodied Sensations

Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 at 10:30am

The Museum Of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

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Who has the freedom to move, and why? Who has never been free to move at all? In her participatory artwork Embodied Sensations, artist Amanda Williams considers these questions-and the transformation of both public and virtual space during the global pandemic. At a moment when COVID-19 has reshaped how we move, and how we relate to one another, Williams examines the stark inequities and systemic injustices that underlie such shifts. She asks us to reflect on control and freedom, isolation and community, prejudice and violence, love and fear.

The installation in the Marron Atrium is composed of furniture that was removed from around the Museum to facilitate social distancing. By bringing these items back into the Museum’s center, Williams points to the ways in which everyday objects that once seemed welcoming are now forbidden to touch—and imbued with a sense of risk.

Anyone can interact with the installation, through in-person performances or digital participation. An online survey invites audiences to think about four keywords-care, knowledge, access, and power-and their responses will, in turn, generate instructions for physical movement. These instructions are then projected on the walls of the Atrium for participants to carry out, creating an exchange between online and on-site, virtual and physical.

As each visitor interprets the movements differently, navigating the stacks of furniture and social distancing protocols, their participation—their physical sensations—becomes part of the artwork itself. Through this exchange, the work forces us to confront a society in which some have never had to experience isolation and immobility, while others have had to endure these constraints their entire lives, due to disability, housing insecurity, gender, sexuality, race, or mental health.

The online survey and registration for participatory performances will be available on early April. The timed performances will take place every Thursday and Sunday, with advance registration required and limited capacity to ensure a socially distanced environment.

Performance consultant: Anna Martine Whitehead

Workshop participants: Julian Glover, Damon Locks, Martin Majkrak, Katherine Simóne Reynolds, Tara Willis

Project manager: Sophie Lipman

Exhibition Date: April 10, 2021 – June 20, 2021 


Adults: $25

Seniors: $18 (65 and over with ID)

Visitors with disabilities: $18

Students: $14 (Full-time with ID)

Children: Free (16 and under) 

Members: Free

Tickets include admission to all galleries and special exhibitions.

Entry is by advance timed ticket only. Tickets must be reserved online and will not be available at the Museum.

Members do not need to book in advance. An allocation of timed tickets is reserved for members each hour; guest privileges apply.

Free admission for NYC’s healthcare workers, from Oct 1, 2020 through Sep 30, 2021, is made possible by UNIQLO.

Admission is free for a caregiver accompanying a visitor with a disability. 

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