Yvonne Rainer. Hand Movie. 1966

Yvonne Rainer Hand Movie 1966

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 413 The David Geffen Wing

Rainer, known primarily as a dancer and choreographer, made this film in a hospital bed while recovering from surgery. A cofounder of Judson Dance Theater, a collective of artists who distanced themselves from conventional dance of their time, Rainer expanded her repertoire into film with this work. Hand Movie would become part of the series Five Easy Pieces, which affirms the tenets of her 1965 No Manifesto: “No to spectacle. No to virtuosity.” At the time, Rainer saw her films as experiments rather than completed artworks. Here, the hand movements become increasingly complex until they relax again into a flat position. Shown from all sides, the hand is treated with a sculptural approach.

Gallery label from "Collection: 1940s—1970s", 2019
8mm film transferred to video (black and white, silent)
8 min.
William Davis
Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds
Object number
© 2019 Yvonne Rainer. Courtesy Video Data Bank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Media and Performance

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