The Mile-Long Paper Walk (1965/2014)
Performed by Katie Dorn; choreographic construction by Lucinda Childs
Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor
Byars gave this paper work to the museum in 1966. It has been performed only once, at the Carnegie Museum of Art on October 25, 1965, where it was activated by dancer and choreographer Lucinda Childs, a key figure of postmodern dance. Childs dressed in a white feathered costume supposedly composed of "one million ostrich feathers," and slowly unfolded sections of riveted paper. On August 17, the piece will be performed by Katie Dorn, a current member of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, with instruction from Childs. On September 7, the piece will be performed by the renowned Berlin-based artist and dancer, Jimmy Robert. (The original work is on view at MoMA PS1; an exhibition copy of the work has been created for use in this performance.) (Collection The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of the artist)