London-based American artist Daria Martin's elusive and enigmatic films combine intense ritualistic performativity with a rigorous yet detached photographic approach. Her 16mm film, Minotaur pays tribute to the work of dance pioneer Anna Halprin, whose life and work has had a profound influence on Martin. This film is centered on a Halprin dance based on the sculpture Minotaur by Auguste Rodin from 1886 (also known as Faun and Nymph), a work possessing intensely erotic content (it depicts the part-man/part-bull figure from Greek mythology with a naked young female in its grasp). Martin's Minotaur extends her interweaving of highly conceptualized and choreographed physical movement; complexly layered stagecraft provoking unconventional formal relationships; direct allusions to modernist art history; and editing and cinematographic techniques evoking a broad range of the histories of both mainstream and experimental filmmaking.
This project is curated by Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago curator Dominic Molon.
Daria Martin: Minotaur is part of the Three M Project—a series by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, to commission, organize, and co-present new works of art.
The Three M Project is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.