Kelly Nipper with Japanther: Tessa Pattern Takes a Picture

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

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Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925: How a Radical Idea Changed Modern Art
Leah Dickerman

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The Performance Program is part of MoMA’s increased focus on the historical as well as the contemporary practice of performance-based art. The ongoing series brings documentation and reenactments of historic performances, thematic group exhibitions, solo presentations, and original performance works to various locations throughout the Museum.

In this new commission, Kelly Nipper delves into thematics such as focus, contrast, exposure, gradient, and ritual, tracing the ways in which these notions run through—and shape—both the medium of photography and 20th-century choreography and movement theory. The piece is partially inspired by Nipper’s research into various subjects, including the choreography of Mary Wigman, Laban Movement Analysis, and the processes and formal qualities of photography and the camera. In parallel to the working methods of certain turn-of-the-century avant-gardes, the development of this work has been pointedly and profoundly collaborative; each choice is made in response or counter-tension to the existing dynamics of the performance, with each collaborator working into, through, and against the others.

In conjunction with the exhibitions Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 and Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past