Blueprint for the Studio/Theatre, East Elevation. Image courtesy the Jacob’s Pillow Archives.

October 08, 2022 – January 01, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

A Newly Commissioned Work by Yve Laris Cohen that Transforms the Remains of Jacob’s Pillow’s Destroyed Doris Duke Theatre

The Museum of Modern Art will present Yve Laris Cohen: Studio/Theater, a new installation and performances in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio. In this exhibition, Laris Cohen will bring the architectural remains of Jacob’s Pillow’s Doris Duke Theatre, which was destroyed in a 2020 fire, into MoMA’s performance space. Studio/Theater will raise questions about what constitutes a theater and how these spaces are themselves fragile and interdependent. In addition to the installation, Studio/Theaterwill also consist of two performances titled Preservation and Conservation that alternate weekly over the course of the exhibition.


Floor 4, Studio, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio

​Two performances will alternate weekly over the course of the exhibition, on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. 

Preservation on October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23, December 7, and December 21

Conservation on October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14, and December 28

Performers: Stephen Furnstahl, Naomi Kroll Hassebroek, Michele d’Arcy Marincola, Lisa B. Malter, Norton Owen, Peter Rosenbaum, Christopher E. Swindlehurst, Liz Thompson, Anthony Tung, and Lynda Zycherman.

Stagehand: Yve Laris Cohen

Stenographer: Dominick M. Tursi

Lighting design: Madeline Best

Artist assistance: Cuba, Nora Chellew

Preservation was created in part during a residency at the Pillow Lab at Jacob’s Pillow.

Studio/Theater is commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Organized by Martha Joseph, The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Assistant Curator of Media and Performance. Performances produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Producer, with Jessie Gold, Assistant Performance Coordinator, and Olivia Rousey, Assistant Performance Coordinator, Performance and Live Programs.

The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

Generous funding is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance and the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance.

Special thanks to Jacob’s Pillow.

Yve Laris Cohen at TK Salon, NY. Photo by Paula Court. © Paula Court

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