dancing art museum


I’ve been doing a lot more than I’m used to lately, filling my days with concerts, art galleries, dances, museums, sunsets and sunrises, and people that make me smile more than you could possibly imagine. I am forever looking for something more, but it’s times like these that I think maybe - just maybe - this could be enough. 

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On September 10, join us for shake the stars with your song, a new performance collaboration by Sonia Louise Davis and Tamara Renée on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery. Visit whitney.org to see the list of participating artists. 

[Shake the stars with you song: sunset. Shot by: Sonia Louise Davis. Featuring: Ivan Forde + Tamara Renée. Score composed/produced by: Tamara Renée featuring Justin Mathews on guitar and Charlotte dos Santos on voice]

Bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer. Greek, 3rd–2nd century B.C

The complex motion of this dancer is conveyed exclusively through the interaction of the body with several layers of dress. Over an undergarment that falls in deep folds and trails heavily, the figure wears a lightweight mantle, drawn tautly over her head and body by the pressure applied to it by her right arm, left hand, and right leg. Its substance is conveyed by the alternation of the tubular folds pushing through from below and the freely curling softness of the fringe. The woman’s face is covered by the sheerest of veils, discernible at its edge below her hairline and at the cutouts for the eyes. Her extended right foot shows a laced slipper. This dancer has been convincingly identified as one of the professional entertainers, a combination of mime and dancer, for which the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria was famous in antiquity.

Choreographed for four women and one man, Crises (1960) features a musical score by Conlon Nancarrow and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg. Get tickets for Friday and Saturday performances now!

Merce Cunningham and Viola Farber, Crises (1960). Photo: BAM 1970 © James Klosty

Families: Experiment with printmaking in Degas-inspired workshops this weekend. Space fills up quickly, so register now.

[Hilaire‑Germain‑Edgar Degas. Trois danseuses (Three Ballet Dancers). c. 1878–80. Monotype on cream laid paper, plate: 7 13/16 × 16 3/8” (19.9 × 41.6 cm). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1386]