Performance 1

Tehching Hsieh

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA

Wednesday 21 January 2009 to Monday 18 May 2009
Documentation of the astounding, long-term, endurance-performance art projects of Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh, who is best known for his 5 One Year Performances: between 1978 and 1986, the artist spent one year locked inside a cage, one year punching a time clock every hour, one year completely outdoors, one year tied to another person, and, lastly, one year without participating in art.

This is the inaugural installation in an ongoing series that will bring performance documentation, original performance pieces, and live reenactments of historic performances to various locations throughout the Museum.

Hsieh’s final performance piece, Thirteen Year Plan, was completed in 1999 after a process lasting thirteen years. This exhibition focuses on the artist’s earliest performance, commonly called his Cage Piece (1978–79), with 365 photographs meticulously documenting the daily passing of time.

Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, and Jenny Schlenzka, Assistant Curator for Performance, Department of Media.

The Performance Exhibition Series is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor

Location

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
11 West 53 Street
Midtown Manhattan Precinct
New York
United States
Poster promoting exhibition with pic of jail cell
One Year Performance 1978 –1979, Poster.
© All rights reserved Tehching Hsieh, New York 1979 United States
Tehching Hsieh (Taiwanese American, b. Taiwan 1950)