Now that spring is officially here, MoMA’s beloved Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden is once again (weather permitting) a sanctuary for midtown regulars and tourists alike. (If the forecast does call for April showers, you may want to check out the MoMA Stores’ rainy-day offerings, including Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson’s uplifting Sky Umbrella.)
• Today (April 7), catch a screening of F. W. Murnau’s masterpiece, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans—shown with its original music track—one of many seminal works being shown in the film exhibition The Aesthetics of Shadow, Part 2: Europe and America.
• In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010, join us on Thursday (April 10), for An Evening with Georg Polke, when the artist’s son will present a selection of never-before-seen films spanning the artist’s work in the studio, his daily life, and his travels around Oceania.
• Also on Thursday, MoMA presents the second of three debates exploring topics related to the online curatorial project Design and Violence. This event focuses on the Menstruation Machine (2010), designed by Sputniko! to allow its wearer to experience the pain and tribulation of menstruation, regardless of his or her age or gender. Debate motions will be delivered by author Chris Bobel and Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman.
• Kids ages five and up can join us on Saturday (April 11), for our Family Feature Film, Otto the Rhino, about a boy with a wild imagination and a magical pencil that brings drawings to life.
• We Can Do It! On Saturday a new section of works focusing on “Women and War 1914–1945” opens in the exhibition Designing Modern Women 1890–1990, commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of WWI and highlighting women’s roles that conflict, as well as the Spanish Civil War and WWII.
• And on Sunday (April 13) and Monday (April 14) the Department of Media and Performance Art presents illlummminnnatttionnnsssss!!!!!!!, a performance by artists Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine that restages their collaborative work of composition for piano and improvised dance from 1971. Tickets can be purchased on MoMA.org.