dadabloge Launches! June 1, 2018 11:11am EST


dadabloge, mobius' thirty-day online journal/blog has launched at 11:11am EST today, June 1, 2018.  It runs for the entire month of June 2018, displaying articles, poetry, manifestos, actions, imagery, embedded videos, sound from invited artists here and elsewhere and will also serve to house documentation of live dada actions from both mobius' dadamobile (4 weeks of live guerrilla performances at Farmers Markets in Boston and Somerville, MA, USA) and an open call for dada action from June 11-June 25, 2018.


Harris Barron Artist and Founder of SIM : Farewell


Dear Friends,

We recently learned that Harris Barron, an amazing artist and founder of The Studio for Interrelated Media [SIM] at the Massachusetts College of Art passed away on October 22, 2017. He was a longtime friend and supporter of Mobius.

Attached below is a link to his obituary.

He and his wife Ros Barron also have a beautiful website here:

The Mobius Artists Group

news, awards

Marilyn Arsem receives Artist Fellowship Award from City of Boston


October, 2017

Marilyn Arsem was selected as one of the City of Boston’s five inaugural Artist Fellows. The Artist Fellowship Award includes a prize of $10,000, the opportunity to collaborate with the City of Boston on a public display of work, and professional development support over the course of the next year.

Tracing Shadows

thirty minute performance by Marilyn Arsem Performance Art Laboratory Project Festival Hong Kong, China
April 2014

Photo by Dominic Thorpe

news, awards

Marilyn Arsem : Recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council 2017 Artist Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

Announcement : January 30, 2017

Mobius Artist Marilyn Arsem

Recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council 2017 Artist Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2017 Artist Fellowship awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Sixteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 16 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists, to date.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 561 applications were received; 141 in Crafts, 135 in Dramatic Writing, and 285 in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

photo credit: Mark Solinsky : February 18, 2016: 100 Ways to Consider Time, Day 99: Salt


Mobius Returns To Fort Point!

Mobius Returns to Fort Point!


It is another year full of possibilities at Mobius, and to kick it all off, we are excited to announce that we have moved back to Boston and Fort Point!

What does this mean?

To start, we are no longer operating our former space at 55 Norfolk Street in Cambridge. Instead, Mobius’ office has relocated to the Midway Studio building at 15 Channel Center Street, Suite #202 Boston, MA02210. We have an exciting year of programs lined up for 2017 that will occur both at Midway and in collaboration with other venues around Boston and beyond.
Though we are excited by the potential that this move offers us, this was not an easy decision. Mobius had a productive time in Cambridge over the last five years and facilitated hundreds of new projects from a broad range of local, national, and international artists. During this time we formed a strong relationship with the Cambridge arts community – a relationship that we look forward to continuing to foster moving forward, even as we transition back to Boston.

As you may know, Mobius also has a deep and longstanding relationship with Fort Point, having once called the area our home for a span of over twenty years. For this reason, it seems fitting that our return to Fort Point will coincide with Mobius' 40th anniversary as an organization. During this landmark year, we look forward to reflecting upon and celebrating our past while we continue to build towards a stronger future!

Thanks to all of the artists we work with and our supporters, Mobius continues to evolve, grow and adapt to the many challenges we and other arts organizations face. Our new change of location comes with a renewed inspiration to identify ways that artist-driven experimental practices can contribute to meaningful conversations and forms of actions during these contentious social and political times.  

Thank you for being a part of this work. We look forward to seeing and working with you all in 2017!

All our best!

Some upcoming programming highlights include:

January / February:

Mobius artists to participate in the first Boston SERC (Social Emergency Response Center) initiated by the Design Studio for Social Intervention.

Reports from Afield with Yuka Takahashi, Sara June & Max Lord, in which the artists will present on their experience developing a new project at the Work Space Brussels Residency.


Sandy Huckleberry will present a new work at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.


Mobius to present an evening of experimental work at City Hall in Boston.
Marilyn Arsem will participate in Bbeyond’s Being (in) Public: Time, Action, Freedom in Public Spaces in Belfast, Northern Ireland


Mobius will present an evening-length program of new composer/choreographer collaborative works at Judson Church in NYC and Green Street Studios in Cambridge featuring local and New York based artists as well as Mobius Artists past and present.


Mobius will be collaborating with the Distillery Gallery to develop new programs over the course of a three-month residency.

We will be sure to keep you posted as further details and dates are confirmed for these projects, and many others in the works!

photo by Bob Raymond of Milan Kohout and David Franklin performing Flying and Flowing


In the Museum for 100 Days, a Performance Artist Pushes Us to Reflect on Time by Heather Kapplow on February 12, 2016 Hyperallergic

marilyn Hyperallergic.jpg

Here is the link to the article written by Heather Kapplow in Hyperallergic on Marilyn Arsem and 100 Ways to Consider Time.

Marilyn Arsem  is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize. The Museum of Fine Arts' Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  

Arsem has been performing at the Museum since November 09, 2015 and will conclude on February 19, 2016


100 Ways to Consider Time: Days 1–50 BY CHELSEA COON ON FEBRUARY 8, 2016, Big Red & Shiny

Here is the link to the article written by Chelsea Coon in Big Red & Shiny on Marilyn Arsem and 100 Ways to Consider Time. 

Marilyn Arsem  is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize. The Museum of Fine Arts' Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  

Arsem has been performing at the Museum since November 09, 2015 and will conclude on February 19, 2016



Forecast Public Art Public Art Review


Last summer, Mobuis Artists Group members Marilyn Arsem, Daniel S. DeLuca, Tom Plsek and Joanne Rice participated in Time Body Space Objects 4, on Spectacle Island Boston, Ma. The performance series was curated by Alice Vogler and Vela Phelan.

This piece was recently posted on the Public Art Review.

Photo credit: "SEVEN DISAPPEARANCES" by Marilyn Arsem, Time Body Space Objects 4. The artist performed seven demonstrations of the transformation of materials for "Seen/Unseen" on Spectacle Island. Photo by Nabeela Vega.



The Mobius Online Bookstore is now OPEN

published June 30, 2015

this moment: missives from another world, thirty years of performances photographed by Bob Raymond

Mobius’s new publication is a 10”x10” book containing 70 color photographs of performances, as well as essays on the history of Mobius and the challenges of documenting ephemeral art.  The artists pictured in the images have also written about the work.  Bob was a fixture at Mobius for 30 years, photographing performances every week.

Both paperback and hardcover versions are available.   They can now be purchased through the Mobius website.  Just click on ‘Store’ in the navigation menu on, and follow the instructions. 


2015 Foster Prize Interviews: Sandrine Schaefer

published March 23, 2015

Here is the link to an interview by Big Red and Shiny with Mobius artist Sandrine Schaefer, recipient of the ICA 2015 Foster Prize.

2015 Foster Prize Interviews: Sandrine Schaefer 

Image credit: Sandrine Schaefer, "Land of Milk and Honey," (2013). Photograph by Daniel S. DeLuca. Image courtesy of the artist


Marilyn Arsem - 2015 Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

    Marilyn Arsem, EDGE 2013 Ndpae photo: Phil Fryer

    Marilyn Arsem, EDGE 2013 Ndpae photo: Phil Fryer

published March 23, 2015

Congratulations to Marilyn Arsem - 2015 Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Marilyn Arsem 
Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
2015  Finalist

Selected Exhibitions
Anderson-Foothill Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; Performance Art Festival, Salt Lake City Main Library, Utah; First Biennial Festival Of Performance Art and Sound Art at The Quarry, Contemporary Arts International, Acton, MA; 3rd International Sokolowsko Festival of Ephemeral Art, Poland; Egyptian Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


Sandrine Schaefer awarded 2015 ICA Foster Prize

published February 5, 2015

Mobius artist, Sandrine Schaefer has been named one of the The Institute of Contemporary Art's James and Audrey Foster Prize recipients.  Beginning in April, Schaefer will create a piece comprised of 5 performance art works that site the spaces in and around the ICA's waterfront Founders Gallery.  Each live performance art piece will leave traces that accumulate in the space, shifting the audience's sensorial encounter with the site.  Congratulations to her fellow winners:  Vela Phelan, Ricardo DeLima, and kijidome.

Link to Boston Globe Article:

Photo Credits: A Nicho for Coatlicue2012 from Being (small) series photo by Daniel S. DeLuca



Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Awards 2015 Maud Morgan Prize to Marilyn Arsem

published December 8, 2014

BOSTON, MA (December 9, 2014)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), announced today that Boston-based performance artist Marilyn Arsem (born 1951) is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize—the first performance artist to receive the distinguished award. Arsem has been a fundamental figure in the field of performance art since the late 1970s, and was a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) for 27 years. Having performed 180 pieces around the world over the last three decades, she has had an enormous impact on multiple generations of performance artists in Boston and internationally. Founder of Mobius, a Boston-area collaborative of interdisciplinary artists, Arsem has been central to maintaining the presence of performance art locally and nationally at times when the art form struggled for recognition and funding. In honor of her contributions to the field, Arsem will receive a cash award and will present new performances in a special solo exhibition at the MFA in late 2015. The selection of Arsem as the Maud Morgan Prize recipient occurs at the conclusion of a year rich in performance art at the MFA, which included works by a variety of artists including Joan Jonas and Shinique Smith.

The MFA’s Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape. The Prize was established in 1993 in recognition of the spirit of adventure and independence embodied by noted New England artist Maud Morgan (1903–1999).

Just as Maud Morgan had a reputation for risk-taking, Marilyn has never shied away from risk over her career,” said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director at the MFA. “Because of the very nature of performance, relatively few have experienced Marilyn’s work. This award and exhibition allow us to share her performances with audiences who otherwise might not encounter them, highlighting her many contributions to the art form.”

I Scream, durational performance by Marilyn Arsem,
Goteborg, Sweden, May 2011.  Photo by He Chengyao

As a high school student in the 1960s, Arsem and her friends created “Happenings”––a genre that pre-dated the contemporary concept of performance art. She later chose to pursue a degree in theater directing at Boston University, given that performance art programs had yet to be established. Focusing on experimental projects, she was inspired to create multimedia works that merged theater with visual arts. In 1975, she founded Mobius, a collaborative of artists working in all media, and a space where experimental art could flourish away from commercialization. When the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) ceased funding for individual artists during the early 1990s, Arsem continued to promote performance art through artist-run initiatives. At a time when the art form was disappearing from mainstream institutions, Arsem and Mobius offered 40 weekends of experimental programming annually to Boston audiences and visitors. As Director of Mobius, she organized international artist exchanges and began creating durational works such as Orpheus, a six-hour interactive event involving 30 artists in multiple locations. Through Mobius and the SMFA, she has brought hundreds of artists from 41 countries to Boston, enriching the experiences of several generations of young Boston artists.

“As Maud Morgan was a leader in our community, so is Marilyn Arsem,” said Edward Saywell, Chair of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art. “I am delighted that the award of this prize will give Marilyn a platform to share her incredibly attentive and thoughtful work within the context of the MFA.”

By the mid-1980s Arsem had shifted focus to solo work in her own practice. Recurring themes in her art include death and afterlife; feminism and women’s work; war and Cold War politics; and environmentalism. Arsem worked at the SMFA from 1987–2014––serving as Faculty, a Graduate Advisor and Head of the Performance Area––and over the course of 27 years expanded its performance area to become one of the most extensive visually based performance art programs in the world. In 2013, she presented her first durational performance at the MFA as part of the one-day exhibition, Odd Spaces. For her work, With the Others (2013), she spent more than six hours lying under a bench in the Museum’s Egyptian Galleries. Though she was nearly invisible to Museum goers in the darkly lit room, the scent of jasmine emanated from her clothes and seeped throughout the space. Her quiet action invoked the senses in order to challenge viewers' expectations of how art is experienced in a visual arts museum.

In the early 1990s, when many US institutions began to scale back performance art programming and funding, Arsem began to perform abroad in countries where performance art flourished as a medium. Instead of repeating previous performances, which relied heavily on spoken language, she began to create unique, site-specific works that resonated with audiences in each of the locations where she performed. To date, she has performed in 27 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America, frequently creating works that deal with the local effects of US foreign policy. She researches each location she visits, and once on the ground, her performances are sometimes planned in as little as two days––inspired by an interaction or unique aspect of the location or culture. When featured in a gallery setting, Arsem often creates “performance installations” that evolve throughout the exhibition. Site-specific works such as these have taken her throughout the world, including the Philippines, Macedonia, Hong Kong, Poland, Chile and Canada.

“This was so unexpected! I am honored to be chosen to receive the 2015 Maud Morgan award. Performance Art has had such a complicated history in the United States, often operating at the periphery of the art world. I know I am not alone in welcoming the MFA’s recognition of the value of ephemeral forms of art making,” said Arsem.

Primarily interested in the relationship between the viewer and the live experience, Arsem often documents her work through photo, video and interviews with viewers following the performance. This performance documentation has been exhibited in group and solo shows at institutions such as the Harvard Film Archives and the DeCordova Museum. MFA curators Edward Saywell and Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, a position supported by Lorraine Bressler, will collaborate with Arsem on her 2015 solo exhibition at the MFA marking the award of the Maud Morgan Prize.

Maud Morgan Prize

Established at the Museum in 1993, the Maud Morgan Prize honors the recipient with a cash award and an MFA presentation of her work. The $10,000 prize is given biennially to a Massachusetts woman who has worked as an artist for at least 10 years, who has demonstrated creativity and vision, and who has made significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape. In addition to recommendations by MFA curators, nominations are solicited from a broad cross-section of contemporary curators from throughout the Commonwealth. This year’s process resulted in more than 40 nominees selected by committee and approved by MFA Director Malcolm Rogers. After submissions were reviewed, finalists chosen by a committee of MFA curators, and visits were made to the artists’ studios. The committee included Saywell and Munsell as well as Jen Mergel (Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art); Emily Zilber (Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts); Al Miner (Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art); Dennis Carr (Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator Maud Morgan of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture); and Thomas Michie (Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of Europe). Winners of the Maud Morgan Prize are Sarah Braman in 2013, and previously, Wendy Jacob, Ambreen Butt, Shelley Reed, Jill Weber, Ranee Palone Flynn, Suara Welitoff, Laura Chasman, Shellburne Thurber, Catherine McCarthy, Kendra Ferguson, Elsbeth Deser, Bonnie Porter, Natalie Alper, and Jo Ann Rothschild.

Maud Morgan (1903–1999)

During her most active years as an artist and instructor in Massachusetts, Maud Morgan represented a voice of recognition for women committed to a career in the arts. She was associated with some of the most distinguished artists of the 1930s and studied at the Art Students League in New York with Hans Hoffman. Morgan exhibited with the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York in the company of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko before instructing students of studio art, including Frank Stella and Carl Andre with her then-husband, painter Patrick Morgan, at Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. At the age of 92, she published her autobiography, Maud’s Journey: A Life from Art. Throughout her career, Morgan was a source of inspiration for many artists, young and old.

Performance Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Performance art has been a focus of the Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs since the September 2011 opening of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, when Irish artist Amanda Coogan presented the 24-hour work, The Passing. At the MFA, performance art encompasses a spectrum of live interactive experiences, and includes a range of works by local, national and international artists. The MFA was one of the first encyclopedic museums in the US to fully integrate performance art into its collection, exhibitions and programs.

2014 performances have included:

 Reanimation (November 13, 2014) by Joan Jonas

 Gesture I: Unraveling (September 7, 2014) by Shinique Smith, part of the exhibition Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER

 Performances presented in collaboration with Boston Ballet (Sarah Crowner’s Curtains (Vidas perfectas), 2011) and Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative; part of the exhibition Conversation Piece

 Big Bang (June 25, 2014) by Regina José Galindo and Funerary Egocentrism (April 30, 2014) by Lázaro Saavedra were part of Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros

 Song for a Military Band (May 26, 2014) by Nascimento/Lovera

 Onto Objects (January 29, 2014), a one-day performance art exhibition of new works by Patty Chang and Jeffrey Gibson

 Now Speak! (January 20, 2014–December 31, 2014) by Amalia Pica, an outdoor installation that encourages impromptu performances by all MFA visitors and passersby. (This concrete lectern was installed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is the first performance artwork to enter the Museum’s collection.)

In 2015, MFA performances include:

 Gesture II: Between two breaths (February 11, 2015) by Shinique Smith, part of the exhibition Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER

 Continuing performances by Boston Ballet in front of Sarah Crowner’s Curtains (Vidas perfectas) (2011) as part of the exhibition Conversation Piece (January 21 and February 18, 2015)

 Sonic Blossom (March 2015) by Lee Mingwei

Performance Art at the MFA is supported by Lorraine Bressler.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, which includes an estimated 500,000 objects. The Museum has more than 140 galleries displaying its encyclopedic collection, which includes Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–4:45 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–9:45 pm Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.