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Opening Reception: Embodiment Abstracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer

Curated by Elise Archais

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Opening Reception

Friday, January 13, 2017 – 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria

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Please join us for the opening of Embodiment Abstracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer. Since the 1960s Yvonne Rainer's dance has shown us what is possible when ordinary movement is made the material of a work of art. The exhibition gathers together works made by contemporary artists who take up Rainer’s experimental approach to the body in performance and explore its political implications with fresh eyes. These artists influenced by Rainer—Ralph Lemon, Gregg Bordowitz, Simon Leung, Natalie Bookchin, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and Meg Stuart—create situations or tell stories in which the specific ways bodies perform tasks, give in to gravity, or simply take up the needs and challenges that their daily lives entail are central to what the viewer identifies and empathizes with. The art of this century has yet to be fully written into art history, but Embodiment Abstracted suggests it might one day be remembered as a time when artists made figurative artworks that combined particular social categories and general, connective forms in order to express earnest and wide-reaching political aspirations.