Tag Archives: Jasper Johns

IF THE DANCER DANCES

“The beauty of dance… is that it gets passed from one body, one soul, to another. There’s something so beautiful, so precious about that. It comes out of the body, it goes into the air, and then it disappears.” — Stephen Petronio

In the afterglow of the Merce Cunningham—Night of 100 Solos events, the immersive new documentary IF THE DANCER DANCES tells a different Cunningham story: the 2015 restaging of the choreographer’s RainForest by the Stephen Petronio Company.

The sexual quality and hint of narrative in this 1968 dance—with music by David Tudor, costumes by Jasper Johns, and décor by Andy Warhol (the silver, helium-filled pillows)—create an atmosphere distinct from almost every other Cunningham work. The challenge for the stagers—and Cunningham company veterans—Andrea Weber, Meg Harper, and Rashaun Mitchell is replacing the continuous-movement ethos of the Petronio dancers with Cunningham’s non-momentum aesthetic. As the film demonstrates, how to do this is perhaps a subject of dispute:

“The focus needs to be exactly on what you’re doing, and not on an image of anything.” — Meg Harper

RainForest… transcended pure movement… [The dancers] need to hear images that might help them.” — Gus Solomons, Jr., Cunningham company veteran

IF THE DANCER DANCES—directed by Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler—mixes extensive performance and interview footage of Petronio’s dancers and their teachers with scenes of Cunningham rehearsals from the 1960s. This essential document of modern dance making and Cunningham’s philosophy and practice is playing around town through May 9.

IF THE DANCER DANCES

Through May 9.

Q & A with former Cunningham dancers following 3 pm show on May 4.

Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

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Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7.

Q & A with former Cunningham dancers following 7:30 pm show on May 6.

Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Playhouse 7

673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

From top: Nicholas Sciscione and Davalois Fearon in If the Dancer Dances, performing Merce Cunningham ‘s RainForest; Jaqlin Medlock and Sciscione rehearsing RainForest; Meg Harper (center) with Fearon in rehearsal, Gino Grenek behind Foster; Stephen Petronio Company, Grenek, Fearon, and Sciscione, RainForest performance, Joyce Theater, April 2015, photograph by Yi-Chun Wu, image © 2015 and courtesy the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, and the photographer; Stephen Petronio. Film stills courtesy of Monument Releasing. Below: Merce Cunningham in RainForest, 1968, photograph by Martha Keller, courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust.

JASPER JOHNS — SIXTY YEARS OF WORK

In collaboration with London’s Royal Academy, JASPER JOHNS—SOMETHING RESEMBLING TRUTH brings six decades of iconic work to the Broad in Los Angeles, the only American venue for the exhibition.

The flags, the targets, the sculptures, the combines and collages, the “luscious paint handling” are all on view throughout the entire ground floor of the museum through mid-May.*

 

JASPER JOHNS—SOMETHING RESEMBLING TRUTH, through May 13.

THE BROAD, 221 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

thebroad.org/jasper-johns-something-resembling-truth

*Joanne Heyler, Broad founding director, during press introduction.

Jasper Johns, from top:

Untitled (2016), the most recent work in the show; Watchman; Souvenir; Field Painting.

Photographs by Sandy Miller for PARIS LA.

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PARIS PHOTO LOS ANGELES: REVIEW

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Stephen Shore, Winslow, Arizona, September 19, 2013, 2013 (printed 2014), Chromogenic color print, 16 x 20″
303 Gallery, New York

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Stephen Shore: From Galilee to the Negev, monograph by Phaidon
303 Gallery, New York

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Stephen Shore book signing at 303 Gallery

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top: Bruce Conner, MABUHAY DRESSING ROOM: BROKEN WALL, JULY 1978
bottom: Bruce Conner, EMPTY BOTTLES, UNUSED EQUIPMENT, NOV 19, 1979
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco

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New York City backlot at Paramount Pictures!

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Miroslav Tichý
Guido Costa Projects, Turin

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William Eggleston, Untitled, 1960-1972, 16 x 20 inch Gelatin Silver Print
Rosegallery, Santa Monica

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Aperture in a storefront in the New York City backlot at Paramount Pictures

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Brian Bress, Nicks’ Other Knickknacks, 2012
Collage on archival inkjet print, 19.5 x 13 inches
Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles

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Punk and i-D
Librairie 213, Paris

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Man Ray, Photographies 1920-1936, Editions Cahiers d’Art Paris
Librairie 213, Paris

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Moi Ver, Paris, Editions Jeanne Walter, Paris, 1931
Librairie 213

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Jason Evans, Pictures for looking at
Printed Matter, New York

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Jason Evans, Pictures for looking at
Printed Matter, New York

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Printed Matter, New York

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plantlife / los angeles by Amanda Marsalis
Miniature Garden, 2014
Printed Matter, New York

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Taryn Simon book signing
Gagosian Gallery

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Dennis Hopper, Jasper Johns, 1965
Silver Gelatin Print, 24 x 16 inches
Gagosian Gallery
Dennis Hopper: Tribute