Embodiment Abstracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer, open through 3/4

Embodiment Abstracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer gathers together recent works by artists who take up Yvonne Rainer’s experimental approach to the body as a material in the 1960s and explore its political implications with fresh eyes. Consisting of ten works of video, film, videotaped performance, and live performance—including a new work by Yvonne Rainer—Embodiment Abstracted moves the ordinary performing body central to Rainer’s approach in the 1960s into new territory. More»

Trio A: A Baker’s Dozen: Performance by Elliot Gordon Mercer, 2/22

Trio A consists of a 5-minute sequence of movement that was initially presented as The Mind Is a Muscle, Part I at Judson Church on January 10, 1966. There it was performed by Rainer, David Gordon, and Steve Paxton simultaneously but not in unison. Since then the dance has taken on myriad forms, from execution by a large group in the nude (Trio A With Flags) to a retrograde version by Pat Catterson to a recent Geriatric with Talking version by Rainer herself. Trio A: a Baker’s Dozen is a solo version of the dance performed thirteen consecutive times over the period of roughly one hour. More»

Voices: Natalie Bookchin, 2/28

In this Voices lecture, artist Natalie Bookchin discusses her body of work: multi-channel video installations and single-channel videos made up of numerous fragments of first-person vernacular videos. Digging deep into databases of online videos, she finds material that might not otherwise be seen, or creates her own archives of videos that appear to be absent online. These works explore changing boundaries between public and private, and present individual and collective performances of the shared self in an era of ubiquitous connectivity. More»