Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy
02 Oct - 01 Dec 2014
October 2nd, 2014–December 1st, 2014. INPS1.1098.18. Photograph by Matthew Septimus.
MoMA PS1 presents Retrospective, the inaugural US museum survey of French artist and choreographer Xavier Le Roy (b. 1963). Realized in the galleries by a team of performers who continuously recycle and transform Le Roy's past solo work the exhibition opens up expanded opportunities for interaction within the museum. In his reconfiguration of the conventionally linear form of the retrospective as an accumulative mid-career survey, Le Roy brings his past works to life by consolidating and reimagining them into a new whole. In the process the exhibition unfolds across several different time axes that introduce temporal complexity to the galleries: the period during which Le Roy conceived the referenced solo works (1994–2010), the duration of the individual gallery visits, the performers’ daily labor time, and lastly the transformation and development the exhibition undergoes over the course of its two month run. The result is a groundbreaking hybrid of choreography and visual art that transforms the traditional exhibition format into a creative medium.