A fusion of cinema and architecture – a must-see at MOMA

aitken2190.jpg Image by Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Now playing – outside on the building facade of the Museum of Modern Art – Doug Aitken’s “Sleepwalkers.”

We viewed this one night last week.  It was damn interesting [and we were damn cold].

“Sleepwalkers” is a collection of 8 silent films projected simultaneously on multiple outside walls of MOMA in New York.  The films depict the journeys of nocturnal New York workers sleeping, awakening, getting ready for work, traveling to work, and in their work environments.   Also depicted are graphic images that integrate with the building facade and windows.  

The workers are played by Donald Sutherland (business man), Tilda Swinton (office worker), Chan Marshall – aka Cat Powers (postal worker), Seu Jorge (electrician), and Ryan Donowho (bicycle messenger). 

Sleepwalkers is projected outside from 5 P.M. to 10 P.M., January 16 to February 12, and is FREE.   Vantage points include the Abby Aldrich Sculpture Garden (where we viewed it), the front of the museum on 53rd Street, and from an open space connecting 53rd and 54th Streets.   

If you can’t get there – you can get a taste of it – here.


2 responses to “A fusion of cinema and architecture – a must-see at MOMA

  1. Oh wow, that is so cool Michele. How long were you out there in the cold?

  2. It was pretty interesting – trying to watch 4 screens at once. We were there about a half-hour. Not too bad.

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