Calder: Hypermobility
Activations and Performances


Daily Activations

Thanks to an unprecedented collaboration with the Calder Foundation, this exhibition will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to experience works as the artist intended—set in motion by motors or air currents and further animated by touch. Specially trained museum staff will activate these works daily.

Monday–Thursday
12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm

Friday
12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm

Saturday
11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm

Sunday
11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm

All daily activations will take place on Floor 8, in the Hurst Family Galleries.

Performing the Work

Additional rarely seen works will be brought to the museum for one-time activations led by Alexander S. C. Rower, the president of the Calder Foundation and grandson of the artist. These events will take place in both the gallery and theater. Additional dates to be announced.

June 21, 2 pm 
Floor 8, Hurst Family Galleries
Object with Red Ball

June 28, 2 pm
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Boomerangs, 1941

July 9, 4 pm 
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Tightrope
Due to high demand, this event will be ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the admissions desk in the lobby to request a free ticket.

July 12, 2 pm
Floor 8, Hurst Family Galleries
Goldfish Bowl

July 20, 1 pm
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere, 1932/33

July 26, 1 pm
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Franji Pani, 1955

August 16, 1 pm
Floor 8, Hurst Family Galleries
Untitled, 1938

August 23, 1 pm
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Untitled, 1932

August 30, 1 pm
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Chess Set, c. 1944

Artist Projects

This exhibition features an expansive series of performances and events, bringing contemporary artists into dialogue with Calder as they interplay their own disparate practices with his innovations.

July 19–23
Three-night performance of Calder’s Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere, 1932/33 by Christian Marclay with cellist Okkyung Lee (July 19-21) and daily activations of the work by Museum staff

August 5–6
JACK Quartet performs within the exhibition and in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater

September 7–10
Arto Lindsay (in conjunction with the exhibition Helio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium)

September 28
Jill Magid

September 29–October 1
Math Bass and Lauren Davis Fisher perform Quiet Work in Session

October 6
C. Spencer Yeh

October 7
A screening of films commissioned by the Calder Foundation by artists Ephraim Asili, Rosa Barba, Lucy Raven and others, followed by a conversation moderated by Victoria Brooks

October 13–15
Abigail DeVille with director Charlotte Brathwaite, debuts new work, entitled Empire State Works in Progress, 2017

October 20–22
Nora Schultz