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Open Plan: Lucy Dodd

Mar 17–Mar 20, 2016

Lucy Dodd (b. 1981), installation view of Open Plan: Lucy Dodd at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2016. Courtesy the artist and David Lewis Gallery, New York. Photograph by Paula Court

Lucy Dodd (b. 1981), installation view of Open Plan: Lucy Dodd at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2016. Courtesy the artist and David Lewis Gallery, New York. Photograph by Paula Court

From February 26 through May 14, 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art will present Open Plan, an experimental five-part exhibition using the Museum’s dramatic fifth-floor as a single open gallery, unobstructed by interior walls. The largest column-free museum exhibition space in New York, the Neil Bluhm Family Galleries measure 18,200 square feet and feature windows with striking views east into the city and west to the Hudson River, making for an expansive and inspiring canvas.

Lucy Dodd (b. 1981) turns the gallery into a site of artistic exploration and live action for her Open Plan presentation. Before the exhibition opens to the public, Dodd will create a new large-scale painting utilizing unusual materials like fermented walnuts, kombucha scoby, hematite, yerba mate, and pigments she has collected in her travels. The new painting will be surrounded by recently made shaped canvases that are intended to evoke sails or waves and respond to the gallery’s river views. By bringing her studio activities into the gallery and inviting musicians to perform, Dodd fosters what she calls “a space of ritual action and improvisation demanding a longer and broader engagement on the part of the audience.”

Open Plan: Lucy Dodd is organized by associate curator Christopher Y. Lew.

Major support for Open Plan is provided by the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Significant support is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston and Donald R. Mullen, Jr.

Generous support is provided by Diane and Adam E. Max.

Additional support is provided by Alexander S. C. Rower, Joseph Rosenwald Varet and Esther Kim Varet, and the Performance Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, March 17
11 am–1 pm: Lucy Dodd and Dawn Kasper
1–2 pm, 3–4 pm: Mariana Barcellos and band
5–6 pm: Jenny Bates

Friday, March 18
11 am–1 pm: Jenny Bates
2–3 pm, 4–6 pm: Mariana Barcellos and band
7–10 pm: Fabiano do Nascimento and Sam Gendel

Saturday, March 19
11 am–1 pm: Jenny Bates
1–3 pm, 7–10 pm: Mariana Barcellos and band
3–6 pm: Fabiano do Nascimento and Sam Gendel

Sunday, March 20
11 am–1 pm: Jenny Bates
2–3:30 pm: Mariana Barcellos and band
3:30–5 pm: Fabiano do Nascimento and Sam Gendel
5–6 pm: Lucy Dodd, Dawn Kasper and Sergei Tcherepnin