While dance has long intersected meaningfully with the visual arts, the past 5-10 years have witnessed an explosion of dance being presented in an art context. From Move: Choreographing You at London’s Hayward Gallery (2008) to Dance/Draw at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2011), landmark exhibitions at major museums have explored the relationship between dance and the visual arts. A growing number of choreographers have been featured in solo museum exhibitions and contemporary art surveys, while contemporary artists increasingly incorporate dance, dancers, and choreography into their practices. Such phenomena evidence an expanding institutional interest and investment on the part of the visual art field in producing, historicizing, and even collecting dance. Dance appears to be a new object of fascination in art; at the same time, dancers and choreographers are moving to locate their work in museums and galleries, the art market, and art schools. Dancing with the Art World convenes a working group of artists, choreographers, curators, and historians to structure a space for critical reflection on the recent interface between dance and art, consider its historical precedents, and debate its effects on artistic and institutional practice.
Organized by Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly, MFA candidates, Interdisciplinary Studio, UCLA Department of Art with faculty advisor Andrea Fraser. The symposium has been co-organized by the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Department of Art. This program is sponsored by grants from the UCLA Arts Initiative Fund and University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), and is funded by the UCLA Campus Programs Committee of the Programs Activities Board.
Friday, April 26: Session 1
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Introduction to Conference, Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Screening, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Park Avenue Armory Event (2012)
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Keynote Address, Douglas Crimp
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Respondent, Mary Kelly, Q&A from audience
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing and seat selection, subject to availability.
Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM.
Dancing with the Art World is sponsored by grants from the UCLA Arts Initiative Fund and University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), and is funded by the UCLA Campus Programs Committee of the Programs Activities Board.
All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.