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) to Danser sa vie at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2012), 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 examples 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.
Saturday, April 27: Session 2
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Different Institutions/Asymmetrical Economies I: Dance in Theaters, Museums, and Galleries
Moderator: Anne Ellegood, senior curator, Hammer Museum
Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and curator of education and public engagement, New Museum
Kristy Edmunds, director, Center for the Art of Performance-UCLA
Sabine Breitweiser, director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Different Institutions/Asymmetrical Economies II: Dancers, Choreographers, and Artists
Moderator: Thomas Lax, associate curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Kelly Nipper, artist
Will Rawls, artist
Sara Wookey, artist
Simone Forti, Huddle
Session 3, Billy Wilder Theater
Yvonne Rainer and Sara Wookey, Trio A Pressured: Revisited and Reversed
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
The Lives of Dances
Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson, professor of art history, UC-Berkeley
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
The Choreography of Critique
Moderator: Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and curator of education and public engagement, New Museum
Malin Arnell, artist and PhD candidate in choreography, Universtity of Dance and Circus, Stockholm
Tere O’Connor, artist and professor, University of Illinois Department of Dance
Emily Roysdon, artist
Session 4, Annex
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Andrea Fraser, professor, UCLA Department of Art
Brennan Gerard, MFA candidate (Interdisciplinary Studio), UCLA Department of Art
Ryan Kelly, MFA candidate (Interdisciplinary Studio), UCLA Department of Art
Miwon Kwon, professor, UCLA Department of Art History
Will Rawls, A folktale, or some thoughts on dancing in the dark
Malin Arnell and MPA, Walking to the mic, the other falling off her seat
Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly, Timeline
Simone Forti and Terrence Luke Johnson, Nonsense!
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.