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New Voices:
Artists on Jasper Johns

Thurs, Nov 18, 2021
6 pm

Online, via Zoom

Creatives working in visual art, poetry, and dance share how Jasper Johns left an indelible mark on their own work. Panel includes Kim Bears-Bailey of Philadanco, Patricia Lent of the Merce Cunningham Trust, poet Brian Teare, and artist R. H. Quaytman. Moderated by Sarah Vogelman, Exhibition Assistant for Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror.

This event is free but registration is required.


Kim Bears-Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), which she joined in 1981. She is a 1992 “Bessie” Award recipient, and represented Philadanco at the 1988 American Dance Festival as a soloist, where she performed two works by Dr. Pearl Primus. Kim also appeared in the movie Beloved. She is one of few artists granted permission to remount the works of choreographers Talley Beatty, Pearl Primus, and Gene Hill Sagan, among others. She travels the globe as a teaching artist, artist-in-residence, and reconstructor, many times creating her own works. She was one of four women choreographers to premiere new work as part of the 2012 Dynamic Women of Dance showcase presented by the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and is a member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance’s Next Generation of Leaders.

Patricia Lent was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) from 1984 to 1993, dancing in over forty works including Pictures, Fabrications, August Pace, and CRWDSPCR. In recent years, she has staged Cunningham’s work for numerous schools and companies, including Fabrications for MCDC and Ballet de Lorraine, Scramble for Repertory Dance Theatre, Duets for American Ballet Theatre, Channels/Inserts and Exchange for Lyon Opera Ballet, Beach Birds and Change of Address for University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Roaratorio for MCDC’s Legacy Tour. In 2009, Lent was named a trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust. She currently serves as the Trust’s Director of Licensing, initiating and supervising staging projects for professional companies, museums, conservatories, and schools worldwide.

Brian Teare is the author of six critically acclaimed books, including Companion Grasses and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. His most recent book, Doomstead Days, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle, Kingsley Tufts, and Lambda Literary Awards. His honors include the Four Quartets Prize, Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Pew Foundations, the NEA, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and eight years in Philadelphia, he’s now an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

R. H. Quaytman is an American artist best known for her painting practice that is organized into chapters, like an ongoing book dating back to 2001. Her most recent exhibition, Modern Subjects, Chapter Zero, opened at the WIELS contemporary art center in Brussels. Her work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Tate, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among many others.

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