The Studio is a new live space dedicated to performance, music, sound, spoken word, and expanded approaches to the moving image. Since MoMA’s founding, the Museum has shown a commitment to dance and the performing arts through its collection and exhibition programming. It has been a bold innovator in positioning live art within broader narratives of art history. Situated at the heart of the Museum, within the collection gallery circuit on the fourth floor, the Studio is the world’s first dedicated space for performance, process, and time-based art to be centrally integrated within the galleries of a major international Museum. This new space will be a fundamental element in MoMA’s efforts to frame its collection as a living history for both collection-responsive programming and new commissions by established and emerging artists. The program aims to enrich histories of modern and contemporary art, while at the same time offering a key platform to support artists in creating new possibilities for engaging with audiences and experimenting with new art forms.
Striving to create an open, accessible, and generous experience, the Studio includes a double-height glass wall with a view of 53rd Street, an overlook from the fifth-floor collection galleries, and an entrance on the fourth floor that can be exposed to the adjacent galleries or sealed to control light and sound. The space is designed to support the technical needs of performance with state-of-the-art facilities and carefully considered acoustics. The scale of the space provides an intimate, focused experience with the work. With a capacity to accommodate multiple configurations, the Studio will be activated throughout the year by a range of performances, programs, and installations through commissions, festivals, residencies, rehearsals, and workshops.