The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will present the exhibition, Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue 1961-2001, chronicling the career of this renowned dancer and choreographer. A multi-media exhibition, Dance and Art in Dialogue includes drawings, paintings, photographs, video projections, costumes, and set elements as well as other artworks that led to or emerged from Brown’s collaborations with visual artists Nancy Graves, Donald Judd, Fujiko Nakaya, Robert Rauschenberg, and Terry Winters. Dance and Art in Dialogue will be on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from July 12 through September 14, 2003.
For over forty years, Trisha Brown has investigated through dance the fundamental characteristics of movement – gravity, weightlessness, duration, sequence and repetition. Her work has explored the relationships between the audience and the performer, the viewer and the viewed, the everyday and the exceptional, the perceptual and the visceral and, ultimately, art and life. Dance and Art in Dialogue will present to audiences these profound investigations, while examining the significant way in which they have intersected with the visual arts.
In the early 1960s, Brown began showing her work with the revolutionary Judson Dance Theater in New York, incorporating “everyday movement” into her choreography. At the same time, she started collaborating with various visual artists, giving their work the same significance as her choreography in the final piece. With these two elements informing her work, Brown founded her own company in 1970 and continued a career-long exploration of form, which is intrinsic to her own art as well as that of her many collaborators.
Dance and Art in Dialogue is organized into six chronological sections, opening with Brown’s early projects of the 60s and 70s and followed by her work with Graves, Judd, Nakaya, Rauschenberg, and Winters. A brief video program of both historical and contemporary video clips and explanatory texts related to each collaboration will introduce these sections.
Lynn M. Herbert, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, has stated, “Trisha Brown’s collaborative work with artists is indicative of the dramatic shifts that have taken place in the relationship between the visual and performing arts in the late20th century. Dance and Art in Dialogue allows audiences to experience these radical developments in art, while enjoying the achievements of Ms. Brown and the remarkable visual artists with whom she has worked.”
“The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has a 20-year relationship with Trisha Brown,” remarks Marti Mayo, Director of the Museum, “and has twice presented her dance company’s work, first in conjunction with the 1984 exhibition Laurie Anderson: Works From 1969 – 1983 and most recently as part of the three-way cooperative presentation of Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective in 1998. This exhibition enables our audiences to explore the full depth and breadth of Brown’s vital and significant work, which has been so influential in the worlds of contemporary art and dance.”
Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue 1961-2001 was co-organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College and curated by independent curator Hendel Teicher.