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"Dance Depictions" on Exhibition at the Neuberger Museum of Art


Movement and vision are the themes of the Neuberger Museum of Art's Dance Depictions, an exhibition that links a performing art form with related visual art forms. The exhibition, which opens to the public September 7, 1997 and runs through January 11, 1998, includes sculpture, painting, drawing and videotapes. Dance Depictions features visual artists' depictions of great dancers, and drawings that dancers have produced in preparation for their dances. Highlights include pencil and ink drawings and watercolors of Isadora Duncan by Abraham Walkowitz, and Barbara Morgan photographs of Martha Graham, dating from the 1930s.

Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, Judy Collischan, Ph.D., who curated the show says, "Historically, performing and visual artists' interest in one another's work has produced several collaborative projects. This exhibition reflects the visual artists' fascination with dance and dancers and dancers' needs to capture their work graphically. In Dance Depictions, vision relates to the visual element in the represented art forms as well as to the visionary genius of both the dancers and the visual artists."

The exhibition also celebrates Purchase College's Conservatory of Dance that is respected in the field of dance and has graduated many skilled and eminently-regarded dance performers.

Dance Depictions presents drawings by Merce Cunningham and Elizabeth Streb that delineate specific movements and progressions embodied in dances they have created. The drawings are visual diagrams of human motion in and about a prescribed space. Other exhibits include tapes of work by Streb and Cunningham; "Merce," a silk-screen portrait of Merce Cunningham by Andy Warhol; paintings Jasper Johns produced in conjunction with Cunningham; a 1960's portrait of the Paul Taylor Dance Company produced by Alex Katz from an aluminum cutout; and a video tape of "Trio A," a work by Yvonne Rainer, an important dancer in the 1960s and 70s, who is celebrated for her collaborative efforts with sculptors.

While working with dancer Douglas Dunn on many of his productions, artist Mimi Gross created sets, costumes and work based on dance. Suspended figures, an installation, and a work influenced by a recent collaboration with Dunn are featured in the show. Presentation of this exhibition has been made possible in part by a grant from the Westchester Arts Council.

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