Monira Foundation takes an holistic and open-ended approach to visual and literary culture, exploring both the unique characteristics of these disciplines and formats, and the many ways in which they intersect.  We seek to partner globally with diverse and groundbreaking arts organizations to provide high quality educational programs and events for all ages, including music and dance performances, film screenings, poetry readings, and panel discussions on art and politics. 


Additionally, each year the Monira Foundation supports individual artists, collectives, and ensembles working in music and performance through comprehensive and customizable residency programs that offer a supportive platform for collaboration. While in residence, participants are granted space to develop their practice, given opportunities for engagement with new audiences through performances and open rehearsals, and offered support in the areas of professional development, marketing, audience development, and documentation. 

The Cinema of Attention

12 December 2020 – 6 pm EST

Using a curated sequence of classic cinema scenes, LA-based filmmaker and activist LANE STROUD will awaken the eye and dramatize the moving camera as an attentional instrument. How has cinema figured the work of looking?  Can screen-vision show the difference between looking and seeing? Pour an evening cocktail and join host D. Graham Burnett and guests for another “Second Saturday” with the Friends of Attention. 

A Manifesto for the Freedom of Attention

14 November 2020 – 6 pm

Artist Stevie Knauss presents an online version of her pre-COVID Cloud City performance — “a love letter to a sound mind.” Directly addressing the alienation, atomization, and disillusionment we experience at the disintegration of shared reality, Knauss speaks in a flash-bang of clarity, and sings a burning desire to live in a better world, a desire to desire on our own terms with clear-eyed imagination. Hosted by D. Graham Burnett. 

The first in the ATTENTION SERIES program of Second Saturday events.


Monira Mondays at Mana with Machine!
An Instagram Live takeover by artist Machine Dazzle

Open Archives

Hosted by Sebastian Mekas
At Jonas Mekas Studio at Mana Contemporary, NJ
Presented by Monira Foundation.

A weekly glimpse into the personal archives of the late filmmaker and artist Jonas Mekas, who for over eight decades chronicled his life with typewriter and camera. Ranging from ephemera to video diaries, unseen letters to newly transferred reel-to-reel audio recordings, each week will focus on an item from the archives at its new home at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City.

Film Screening: Einstein on the Beach

Monira Foundation and Pomegranate Arts present a film screenings of Einstein on the Beach, an Opera in Four Acts by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass with choreography by Lucinda Childs and text by Christopher Knowles.  The film screenings will be introduced by principal performer in the production and radio and podcast host, Helga Davis in conversation with a special guest.

Photo by: Lucie Jansch

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Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store

An immersive installation and puppetry-based play that is a tragicomic ode to the eternity of plastic. By day, visitors can wander the aisles of what appears to be a typical grocery store, but the familiar products are made out of plastic bags. At night, the store comes to life with live performers, puppetry, dynamic sets, and hidden worlds to tell the darkly comedic, sometimes tender story that explores how the hordes of plastic waste we are leaving behind might be misinterpreted by future generations.

Pegasus: Music Through the Ages

An educational concert and lecture  for families and children of all ages. Pegasus principals provide a creative afternoon of programming for clarinet, violin, and cello combinations with piano. The program features musical gems spanning four hundred years of music production in one hour.