Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity examines a pivotal time in Trisha Brown’s early career as an artist and choreographer, as well as a particularly abundant moment for artistic production in New York City. The exhibition highlights Brown’s community of performers and fellow artists, and the Lower Manhattan in which they lived and created. The landmark works represented in the gallery point to Brown’s embodied responsiveness to, and investigation of, both simple movements, such as walking or dressing, and the built environment, specifically through performances that took place on buildings inside and out, museum walls, parks, cobblestone streets, and other non-traditional performance spaces.
The exhibition also bridges the transition in Brown’s practice from site- and gallery-based work to proscenium stage work, for which she became well-known throughout the 1980s and beyond. The display contextualizes Brown’s performances and their environments through video and photo documentation by notable photographers, many of whom were also Brown’s contemporaries and collaborators, including Babette Mangolte, Carol Goodden, and Peter Moore. Early set and equipment pieces as well as original ephemera, including Brown’s instructions from some works, printed programs, and a costume piece, further contextualize Brown’s site-specific interventions. Highlighting Trisha Brown’s expansive and seminal body of work, which crossed boundaries of discipline and space, the exhibition additionally frames a certain realm of influence on a new generation of contemporary artistic practice and site-based work, which directly and indirectly exemplifies the continuation of possibilities opened up in the 1970s through the embodied gestures and sited pieces of Brown’s pioneering practice.
Conceived by Sam Miller Curated by Alex Fialho & Melissa Levin Special thanks to the Trisha Brown Dance Company
May 24–September 28, 2014
Friday and Sunday 12:00–5:00pm
Holiday Mondays (Holidays Memorial Day and Labor Day) 12:00–5:00pm
Photo credit: Cyrille Guir
Free – no RSVP required. Sensitive Material: Nudity