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Colleagues & Friends: Taja Cheek

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Taja Cheek, Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1, is joined by Jenny Schlenzka, Director or Performance Space New York, and Alex Sloane, Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1 for a conversation about curating performance in an institution.

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About Taja Cheek
Taja Cheek is an Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1 and co-organizes both the Warm Up and Sunday Sessions programs at the museum. Prior to MoMA PS1, she worked closely with artists to realize projects at institutions including Creative Time, The High Line, and Weeksville Heritage Center.

About Jenny Schlenzka
Jenny Schlenzka was appointed Performance Space New York’s Executive Artistic Director in 2017 and is the organization’s first female director. Prior to joining Performance Space, Schlenzka was the Associate Curator at MoMA PS1 in New York, where she established Sunday Sessions, an interdisciplinary, weekly live program. Sunday Sessions has featured hundreds of artists including Honey Dijon, Mette Ingvartsen, Ann Liv Young, Sondra Perry, Terre Thaemlitz, Justin Vivian Bond and Wu-Tang Clan, as well as new commissions by Hannah Black, Trajal Harrell, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Matthew Lutz Kinoy and Tobias Madison. In addition to her event program, Schlenzka developed an interest in performance within the exhibition format, organizing the New York presentation of Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy (2014) and Anne Imhof: DEAL (2015). Between 2008 and 2012, Schlenzka was the Assistant Curator for Performance in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art. In 2012, she received the Yoko Ono Courage Award. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Humboldt University, Berlin.

About Alex Sloane
Alex Sloane is an Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1 where she co-organizes the annual performance series, Sunday Sessions. Alex has been instrumental in developing the series since starting at the museum in 2012, and has recently commissioned new projects from Colin Self, Jeremey Toussaint-Baptiste, Sarah Kinlaw, NIC Kay, and Jonathan Gonzalez. Alex also organizes the VW Dome Artist Residency, now in its third year, which offers artists space, time, and resources to generate and experiment with new ideas. Recent artists in residence have included, Moriah Evans, Kim Brandt, Jessica Cook, Laurel Atwell, and Nikima Jagudajev. Prior to joining MoMA PS1, Alex was a co-founder of 1:1, an independent project space in the Lower East Side, from 2011-2012.


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