It’s a very good question, and one that certainly deserves attention considering the art world’s recent surge of interest in dance. This topic is the subject of an upcoming event, Why Dance in the Art World?, which will explore the history and future of dance in the art world. The evening, presented by The Performa Institute and NYU Steinhardt, will include an introduction by historian Jennifer Homans, and a panel including choreographer Ralph Lemon, curator Jenny Schlenzka, and art critic David Velasco.
Why Dance in the Art World? takes place on Monday, September 17th at 6:30pm at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South), and the event is free. Read below for more from the press release.
Dance and visual art have always had an exhilarating relationship. Although its best known form has been with visual artists designing sets for ballets (as did Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger for the Ballets Russes and Robert Rauschenberg for Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown), beginning in the sixties, museums and galleries also started bringing choreographers like Trisha Brown, Meredith Monk, and Lucinda Childs into their spaces, following breakthrough developments from visual artists and choreographers working in tandem with the Judson Dance Theater. There is also an important—and more frequently overlooked—tradition of visual artists creating new choreographic forms in combination with their experiments in visual art, as did Oskar Schlemmer at the Bauhaus, or Francis Picabia with the Ballet suédois in Paris, both in the 1920s…
Why is there such a tidal wave of dance in the art world right now, and what are its historical precedents? Beginning with a critical introduction presented by historian Jennifer Homans (author of the acclaimed history of ballet, Apollo’s Angels), followed by a discussion with Ralph Lemon, a choreographer who has frequently performed in visual art settings, David Velasco, the primary dance critic for Artforum, and Jenny Schlenzka, MoMA’s first curator dedicated to performance, moderated by Performa Founding Director and Curator RoseLee Goldberg, Why Dance in the Art World? will be an unforgettable evening that explores this vital question.