Nora Turato

pool 5

Jan 29–Feb 13, 2022

MoMA

Nora Turato. pool 4. 2020. Robatolk, printer shop, Amsterdam. Photo and design: Sabo Day
  • MoMA, Floor 4, Studio The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio

In Nora Turato’s virtuosic performances, spoken word, graphic design, and bookmaking are intertwined to explore the possibilities of language in a culture oversaturated with information. Turato collects words and phrases from a range of sources: the Internet, media headlines, advertisements, conversations, books, commercial products, and her own thoughts. pool 5—which takes the form of a performance and a book—assembles and arranges these pools of text into a growing script that Turato memorizes and performs, alternating rhythm and intonation, voices and modes. She speaks loudly and boldly, disrupting the archetype of a soft-spoken woman and touching on themes from politics to entertainment to sex.

The previous work in Turato’s series, titled pool 4, was scheduled to open on May 6, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, the Amsterdam-based artist collected new texts and phrases, and will present pool 5 in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio. The publication presented in the space serves simultaneously as prop, set, exhibition, archive, and artist’s book.

Organized by Ana Janevski, Curator, Department of Media and Performance. Produced by Kate Scherer, Manager, with Jessie Gold, Assistant Performance Coordinator, with the support of Olivia Rousey, Intern, Performance and Live Programs.

  • This exhibition is part of Studio Now and The Hyundai Card Performance Series.
  • 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.

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