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Videos by Elliot Reed
and Jack Waters

Missed our recent program with 2019–20 artist in residence Elliot Reed in conversation with Jack Waters? Engage with their video works until Sunday, March 6th. 

This double-feature is presented in conjunction with Elliot Reed’s programming on the occasion of This Longing Vessel: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2019–20 which includes Duets, a series of improvised performances. 

Elliot Reed, Twosies, 2020

3 minutes, 34 seconds. Courtesy the artist.

Elliot Reed, Internal Recreation, 2020

6 minutes, 37 seconds. Courtesy the artist

Elliot Reed, Quarantine Ballet, 2020

10 minutes, 44 seconds. Courtesy the artist.

Made over the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this set of videos by Elliot Reed engages with the absence of a live audience. Centering imagination as a tool to craft memory and history, Reed renders onscreen his attempts to seek pleasure in the midst of disaster. Elliot Reed is an artist designing conflict systems for bodies in time. Utilizing scores, choreography, and improvisation, Elliot creates event-specific narratives linking personal histories and current events.

Jack Waters, The Male GaYze, 1990

11 minutes. Courtesy the artist.

For four decades Jack Waters has engaged a multidisciplinary practice in experimental film, choreography, performance, installation, writing, and social practice to set forth and complicate ideas of gender, sexuality, and archive. The film The Male GaYze, 1990, presents a montage, wherein the frenetic cityscape of the Lower East Side is fractured by idyllic, pastoral scenes and a photograph of a bare Black torso without a head. In a voiceover, the artist speaks candidly about the origins of this photograph, which depicts his body and was distributed widely without his consent. Through image and text, Waters points to the inextricably linked dynamics of desire and power—an observation that finds resonance in Elliot Reed’s essay In An Attempt To, 2020, where Reed considers the notion of “avatar” to make sense of Black livelihoods within the white imaginary.  

This Longing Vessel | Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2019–20

On view at MoMA PS1 Dec 10, 2020—Mar 14, 2021

A Morning with Jack Waters

In conversation with filmmaker Lynne Sachs, multi-disciplinary artist Jack Waters discusses his career and experiences as a part of the downtown New York City art scene from the early 80s to the