dancing art museum


Can choreography be performed in the form of an exhibition?

Sunday is the last day to see Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s answer, as the dancers of Rosas Dance Company continue their five-day performance of De Keersmaeker’s “Work/Travail/Arbeid” in our Marron Atrium. More info at mo.ma/atdk

[Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Work/Travail/Arbeid. 2015. Installation view, The Museum of Modern Art, March 29, 2017. © 2017 Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Photos by Julieta Cervantes and Anne Van Aerschot]


Walk through the sand, relax in a hammock, listen to music! Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium is the Brazilian artist’s first full-scale U.S. retrospective in two decades. The exhibition captures the excitement, complexity, and activist nature of Oiticica’s art, focusing on the decisive period he spent in New York in the 1970s. 

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
“Dancers Practicing at the Barre” (1877)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States

The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. In the second film in a three-part series, artists raise questions about the nature of art and identity, emphasize the need for care and attention, and propose new ways to see the world. Watch more on whitney.org

Maya Stovall employs a mix of anthropological observation and urban intervention to create what she considers performance and ethnography. Stovall’s current research focuses on Detroit, where she grew up. The subjects in her video for the 2017 Biennial are her neighbors in the McDougall-Hunt area on the city’s east side. In Liquor Store Theatre, she dances on the sidewalks and streets outside neighborhood liquor stores, combining elements of ballet and contemporary movement. After each performance, she invites her audience—largely these establishments’ patrons and other passersby—to share their recollections of and predictions for Detroit, which she records on video. The artist focused on liquor stores in particular because they serve as hubs of both commerce and community, with individuals selling clothing, electronic goods, and other everyday items in their immediate vicinity. They are, in Stovall’s words, “a backstage view of ongoing life in a neighborhood, in spite of narratives of abandonment.”

[Maya Stovall (b. 1982), still from Liquor Store Theatre vol. 1, no. 1, 2014. Digital video, color, sound; 4 min. Courtesy the artist, Eric Johnston, and Todd Stovall. Photograph by Eric Johnston]

“Salome”-Lamp, Raoul Francois Larche, Paris 1900. Ormolu (gilded bronze).

Inspired by dancer Loie Fuller and her “Serpentine Dance”. Fuller was one of the pioneers of modern dance and invented the lightshow. Her performances included flowing veils and electric spotlights with coloured filters that were moved in time with the choreography. She became one of the central figures of the art nouveau movement.

Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe, Hamburg.

anonymous asked:

were you comfortable when you were single? How long were you single for? I've always been in relationships and this is the first time i've really been completely alone in a long time. Im trying to learn how to be whole on my own again, trying to figure out who i really am

I was single for 5 years w/ some flings here and there. nothing serious, nothing committed. I was comfortable and uncomfortable. lonely and loving my solitude. I became myself when I was single. it forced me to love my solitude and it forced me to find other ways of giving/getting love and having intimacy w/ the world that is not solely from one person. i took myself out on dates constantly. i went out to eat alone, i’d walk around the city reading books, get dressed up and take myself dancing, to the art museum, etc. i have lots of deep friendships w/ women in my life now. and when i was finally ready for love again, i let it happen. i wasn’t ready before this. i had a lot of work to do and i knew nothing was going to work out for me romantically until i got to a certain point w/ that work. being alone is not really being alone. life is still very deep and beautiful and wonderful without a significant other. this will show you that the depths of love do go beyond having a partner. as expansive as it is to love a single person, it is expansive not to as well. you will grow either way. both teach you different and important things. it is good to be with yourself. you will learn. you will find what feels good and right and you will keep track of it and do it over and over.