Sculpture and Dance: Reformulations of Objecthood

in Robert Morris, Helio Oiticia and Lygia Pape

Thursday 29 March, 2012
6pm, $0

Cooper Union
7 East 7 Street, The Great Hall

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This talk will address three groundbreaking propositions in three quite different sculptural practices from the late 1950s and the early 1960s that embraced choreography and dance as crucial compositional elements. Taking as a point of departure the works of Robert Morris, Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Pape, their different approaches to sculpture through dance will be analyzed as crucial reformulations of the status of the work of art, thanks to their particular fusion of objecthood and action. Each mode of this fusion will be critically assessed as theoretical, aesthetic and political contributions to the understanding that objecthood itself is an intrinsically dynamic event, capable of reformulating, from within, and through dance, the very status of the “visual” in visual arts – and, therefore, the “visual’s” social agency.
About Andre Lepecki

André Lepecki, PhD is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Author of Exhausting Dance: performance and politics of movement (Routledge 2006), currently translated into 6 languages. Editor of Of the Presence of the Body (Wesleyan 2004), The Senses in Performance (with Sally Banes, Routledge 2007), Planes of Composition: Dance Theory and the Global (with Jenn Joy, Seagull Press 2010), and the forthcoming Dance (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT, 2012).

He was the curator of the festival Nomadic New York (2007) and chief-curator of the 2008 and 2009 editions of the performing arts festival IN TRANSIT all at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. His co-curatorial and directorial work in re-doing Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (commissioned by Haus der Künst, Munich) received the International Art Critics Association (AICA) Award for “Best Performance” (2008). In 2010 he co-curated with Stephanie Rosenthal the Archive on Dance and Visual Arts since the 1960s for the exhibition Move: choreographing you, for the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, London.

Selected talks in Europe, the US, Brazil, Australia, include: Brown University; the Gauss Seminars at Princeton University; Centre National de la Danse, Paris; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; Centro Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; University of Ghent; Roehampton University; Tate Modern; Freie Universität, Berlin among many other academic and cultural venues.

He is currently working on a book on sculpture and dance.
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