A short text was given to the visitor:
MOVEMENT and STILLS
The show presents various ways to evoke the specifics of the dance vocabulary explored by the choreographers I have followed with my still camera in the 1970s and 1980s. As a filmmaker I had learned to see movement with the motion studies by Edward Muybridge, which led to motion pictures. This return to a basic vocabulary was also one key factor in defining the dance work of the Judson generation.
Digging into my photo archives I have attempted to seize images that are exemplar of specific movement, provide a context for each dance, with its use of improvisation or set patterns. The analytical work of the editing of my archives is manifested by combining several images from one given dance on one print or by unfolding the analysis of multiple images of one dance in a slide show.
I am attempting by grouping disparate photographs to construct a mini portrait of the choreographers whose work is represented here.
Lucinda Childs: various prints from different dances highlight Lucinda's arm movement plus projection of the film Calico Mingling from 1973 plus a composite image made with two shots from Dance 1979.
David Gordon: Contact of The Matter, dance from 1972, in which Gordon used the positions from Edward Muybridge's Human Locomotion Series to shape his choreography, composite image of prints from The Matter and one print from his famous Duet with Two Chairs.
Trisha Brown: the focus is on three dances Line-up (1975, 1976), Water Motor (1978) and Opal Loop (1980)
Simone Forti and Steve Paxton
Yvonne Rainer Story about a Woman who... 1973
Review in the Brooklyn Rail by Cora Fisher, September 2010
Reviewed in Artforum by Tim Griffin October 2010