Trisha Brown Dance Company. Sticks. 1973. Performed at The Museum of Modern Art, 2011. © Yi-Chun Wu / The Museum of Modern Art, New York

MoMA’s Performance Exhibition Series presents a program of live performance and dance in conjunction with the group exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century. The dancing body has long been a subject matter for drawing, as seen in a variety of works included in this exhibition. These documentations show dance in two dimensions, allowing it to be seen in a gallery setting. But if one considers line as the trace of a point in motion—an idea at the core of this project—the very act of dance becomes a drawing, an insertion of line into time and the three-dimensional space of our lived world.

January 12, 15 & 16
Performance 11: On Line/Trisha Brown Dance Company
Sticks (1973), Scallops (1973), Locus Solo (1975), Roof Piece Re-Layed (2011) (based on Roof Piece [1971])

Organized by Cornelia H. Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings at MoMA, and Catherine de Zegher, former director, The Drawing Center, New York, with Jenny Schlenzka, Assistant Curator for Performance, Department of Media and Performance Art.

The Performance Exhibition Series is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Installation views

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