January 23, 2013

Tacita Dean: Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS...(six performances, six films), 2008

Tacita Dean:

Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS…

(six performances, six films), 2008

February 2 – March 17, 2013

Opening and Artist Talk by Tacita Dean
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Reception 6:00-8:00 pm 

Sō Percussion

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 6:30 pm
Special musical performance by the
Brooklyn-based modern percussion ensemble, whose work is inspired by the compositions and music of Steve Reich and John Cage  
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Opening Saturday, February 2, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents British-born, Berlin-based artist, Tacita Dean's 16mm film installation:  Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS (in three movements) to John Cage's composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007 (six performances; six films), 2008. Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), one of the most legendary choreographers of our time, was filmed by Dean in Cunningham’s dance studio on Bethune Street, New York City on April 28, 2007 where he performed to his life partner’s John Cage's 1952 composition, 4'33”. As the title so aptly describes, this unrehearsed solo performance of Cunningham, sitting in a chair, was performed and filmed six times; occasionally another performer Trevor Carlson appears in the footage, standing with a stopwatch. Tacita Dean’s six projected films of these performances and their unique ambient soundtracks run simultaneously within the Museum’s space.
It was a static dance, exhilarating and beautiful, which caused me to catch my breath, . . . . Each performance appeared to hold a myriad of differences, even in its repetition. * Tacita Dean describing Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS...(six performances, six films), 2008 Sō Percussion, whose work is inspired by the compositions and music of Steve Reich and John Cage, will be appearing at FWM, for a special musical performance on Saturday, February 2 at 6:30 pm. As praised by the New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” Sō Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble. 
Sō Percussion will present several of their favorite masterworks of percussion at FWM, as well as some of their own music. Their program will consist of: Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, a celebration of the human hands, inspired by Flamenco style and the desire to set up fewer percussion instruments; 24 x 24, group member Jason Treuting’s homage to John Cage; Child of Tree, a meditative improvisation, where the performer makes use of organic materials such as cactus, leaves, and branches; and Third Construction, made of 24 sections of music with 24 bars each and also the namesake of Jason’s 24 x 24 (originally considered an aberration to construct a piece of music without any of the pitches from the piano).
About Sō Percussion
The work of Sō Percussion—Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting—is inspired by the compositions and music of John Cage, Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, Martin Bresnick, as well as ensembles like the Kronos Quartet and Nexus Percussion. With a goal to present a repertoire of pieces by 20th century luminaries and extend beyond their contemporary classical roots, Sō Percussion has had projects and appearances with Wham City shaman Dan Deacon, drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, & Wood, and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche.  In 2011, Sō open for the rock band The National at the Beacon Theater, NY.
Through Sō Percussion mentoring initiatives, their students’ formed and co-directed a percussion department at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music. The Sō Percussion Summer Institute, an annual event on the campus of Princeton University, has been in existence since 2009, at which Sō Percussion was an ensemble-in-residence from 2011 to 2012. Since their first commissioned piece—the 36 minute, three movement the so-called laws of nature—they produced 13 albums, of which six were released in 2011, such as: Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet, Steve Mackey It Is Time on Cantaloupe, and Bad Mango in collaboration with jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas on Greenleaf Music, and more recently Cage 100: The Bootleg Series on Cantaloupe, with a limited edition CD of 300. In 2011, Sō was commissioned by Shen Wei Dance Arts to compose Undivided Divided, for Park Avenue Armory, NY, and also been featured at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Stanford Lively Arts, and Texas Performing Arts. They tour the United States, Western Europe, South America, Russia, and Australia. The members of Sō Percussion live in Brooklyn, NY.
About Tacita Dean
Tacita Dean (b. 1965, Canterbury, England) studied art at the Falmouth School of Art in England (1985 - 1988), received a Greek Government scholarship to the Supreme School of Fine Art in Athens (1988 – 1989), and completed her postgraduate degree at Slade School of Fine Art in London (1990 – 1992). Dean was nominated for a Turner Prize in 1998, and in 2001 was given a solo exhibition at Tate Britain. In 2000, she awarded a one-year German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme. Additionally, Dean has received the following prizes: Aachen Art Prize (2002); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2004); the Sixth Benesse Prize at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) and the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2006). Dean also participated in the Venice Biennale (2003 and 2005), the Bienal de São Paulo (2006 and 2010), and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012).
Her numerous solo exhibitions have taken place at such venues as Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2000), Tate Britain, London (2001), MACBA, Barcelona (2001), Dia:Beacon, New York (2007), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007), the Sprengel Museum, Hanover (2009), MUMOK, Vienna (2011), Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London (2011), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); the New Museum, New York (2012), and the Norton Museum, Florida (2012). Also opening February 2013, Dean’s work will additionally be on view at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, and Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Tate Modern, London. Tacita Dean lives and works in Berlin. *Tacita Dean, “A Tribute to Merce,” Art in America, October 23, 2009, accessed January 15, 2013 http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/features/a-tribute-to-merce/.
Also on View
Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation—To Make the Thing that Makes the Things at FWM's New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch, until Spring 2013
Daniel Arsham: Reach Ruin, until Mid-March, 2013
Daniel Arsham X Jonah Bokaer: Study for Occupant, until Mid-March, 2013
Daniel Arsham: Reach Ruin and Daniel Arsham X Jonah Bokaer: Study for Occupant were made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Additional support from LLWW, the NEA, and the Board of Directors and Members of FWM
Related Programs
Tacita Dean Fatigues. Selected Works. Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. February 1-March 9, 2013
JG a new film project by Tacita Dean. Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside. February 7-April 21, 2013
Exhibition opening and artist talk: Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 pm, in the Great Hall of the University Commons.
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
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The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arcadia Foundation, The Barra Foundation, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, Claneil Foundation, The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, The Honickman Foundation, Independence Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, Knight Foundation, LEF Foundation, LLWW Foundation, Longwood Plantation Foundation, Inc., Louis N. Cassett Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Millennium Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Nimoy Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PNC Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service, The Quaker Chemical Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Individual Trustee Discretionary Grant, of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, Uplands Family Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
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