In this video blog (or, “vlog”), artist and Whitney educator Christine S. Kim and Whitney educator Andrew Fisher discuss a performance by the artist Elizabeth Streb, which was originally conceived by the artist Trisha Brown, in American Sign Language. It was part of the Whitney exhibition Off the Wall: Part 2—Seven Works by Trisha Brown.
Elizabeth Streb describes what it felt like to walk down the facade of the Museum for her performance of Trisha Brown’s Man Walking Down the Side of a Building (1970) during Off the Wall: Part 2—Seven Works by Trisha Brown. Streb also explains how Brown’s choreography often works to explore simple actions—such as walking—when taken out of their everyday context.
In this video, the Trisha Brown Dance Company performs some of the choreographer’s most iconic works from the 1970s during Off the Wall: Part 2—Seven Works by Trisha Brown, an exhibition organized on the occasion of the company’s fortieth anniversary
Acclaimed choreographer Trisha Brown first became known in the 1960s when she presented her work with the Judson Dance Theater. In 1970, she founded the Trisha Brown Dance Company among SoHo’s burgeoning alternative-space scene, and began exploring site-specific choreography (such as Walking on the Wall, performed in 1971 at the Whitney). From work based on everyday actions and repetitive gestures to dance cycles, choreography for opera, and most recently, ballet, Brown continues to find new possibilities for movement, collaboration, and postmodern dance.
Since its inception in the late 1960s, Seminars with Artists has provided a forum for intimate engagements with the most notable artists working in America. Taking its cue from the exhibtition Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure, this season’s speakers explore art practices born from critical intersections with New York City.