For his Museum Ludwig performance workTREATISE ON THE VEIL—part of the museum’sexhihibitionTRANSCORPOREALITIES—Nick Mauss “draws out resonances between disparate works from the museum’s collection, such as Jasper Johns’ 15′ Entr’acte (1961) encountering a painting of lingering performers by Erich Heckel (1928). In Mauss’ configuration, these works dialog with a projected photo archive by Carl Van Vechten and a new choreography developed with students from the University for Music and Dance Cologne.”*
The Museum Ludwig exhibition TRANSCORPOREALITIES “reflects on the museum as a permeable body in which various biological, social, technological, political, and economic systems flow into each other. Like all human and nonhuman entities, it engages in perpetual metabolic processes with its environment.”
On opening night—as well as Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1—TrajalHarrell will perform a new work Dancer of the Year.
TRANSCORPOREALITIES participating artists also include Jesse Darling, Flaka Haliti, Paul Maheke, Nick Mauss, Park McArthur, Oscar Murillo, and Sondra Perry.
“Dinner with Paul Cadmus in the Village. He showed me a hundred drawings or more; the nakedest and least disinterested are the best, particularly those of Jared French. Until lately they have shared this apartment, an oddly un-American interior; good shabby antiques; a quantity of books and music, charming evidence of self-education. Late in the evening a youth named Lloyd Goff, who was Paul’s assistant, wandered in, at his ease, sleepy, perhaps tipsy. Soon he threw himself on the couch and fell asleep… Paul and I talked and talked, reminiscence and theory, in that particular mood of ours, or of his: smiling relaxation, solemn boyish idealism, who knows what else…
“Goff then woke up and undertook to say goodnight, but the next thing I knew, there he lay again, sprawled face down on another couch, his clothes all drawn on the bias and tight upon his very fine little back and buttocks. At last I gave up whatever impulse it was that had kept me so late. Paul fondly accompanied me to the subway. Perhaps, he said, he would make a drawing or two before he went to bed; our talk had been so stimulating, and a sleeping model suits him…” — Glenway Westcott, 1937*
Falling between last year’s Nick Mauss: Transmissions at the Whitney and next month’s Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern at MOMA, THE YOUNG AND EVIL—curated by Jarrett Earnest at DavidZwirner—looks at the between-the-wars Neorealist-Romantic circles around the artists Jared French, his lover Paul Cadmus, his wife Margaret Hoening French (collectively known as PaJaMa), Cadmus’ sister Fidelma—who was married to Kirstein—Bernard Perlin, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Tooker, and Jensen Yow.
Taking its title from the 1933 collaborative novel by art critic Parker Tyler and poet Charles Henri Ford (Tchelitchew’s lover), the exhbition features never-before-exhibited photographs—many from the Kinsey Institute—rarely seen major paintings, sculptures, drawings, and ephemera of this American Bloomsbury, which included Katherine Anne Porter and the ménage à trois of writer Glenway Westcott, publisher Monroe Wheeler, and George Platt Lynes, who photographed (and often modeled for) them all.
THE YOUNG AND EVIL exhibition catalogue will be published later this year by David Zwirner Books, featuring new scholarship by Ann Reynolds and Kenneth E. Silver.
JOURNEYS WITH THE INITIATED—curated by Yesomi Umolu and Katja Rivera, with the participation of Evan Ifekoya, Grada Kilomba, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Virginia de Medeiros—is the New York section of the ongoing project Hubert Fichte—Love and Ethnology, and investigates Fichte’s book The Black City—Glosses through a series of texts, videos, photographs, sculpture, sound, and performance at Participant Inc and e-flux.
TRANSMISSIONS, an exhibition by Nick Mauss “exploring the relationship between modernist ballet and the avant-garde visual arts in New York from the 1930s through ’50s” is up at the Whitney through mid-May.*
Works by Mauss—as well as archival photographs, drawings, sculptures, paintings, film, and video—are supplemented by daily dance performances in conversation with the show’s display.