Pattern Masters

When 12 Jul 2015
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Where Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St
New York, NY 10014
United States
Cost $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for Whitney Museum members and children under 18.
Enquiry (212) 570-3600

Triple Canopy previews an issue devoted to standards and standardization with performances by artists Lucy Raven, Jen Liu, and David Horvitz with Susie Ibarra.

Raven narrates episodes from the history of the standardization of filmic images. She connects forms of production initiated half a century ago by the American military and today’s efforts to regulate the appearance of movies cobbled together by technicians around the world.

Liu debuts a performance that mines the standardized movements of women’s bodies in Chinese propaganda ballets of the Cultural Revolution and of workers in contemporary meatpacking plants. Through choreography and animation, Liu asks if the gestures performed by factory workers and butchers might be understood as meaningless repetition or as a passage to social harmony.

Horvitz presents a musical instrument made from a number of hourglasses, antique containers for minutes and hours. Percussionist and composer Ibarra uses this instrument to make time resonate, bend, decay, and recur, prompted by Horvitz’s evocation of moments that can more easily be sounded than measured or calendarized.

This program is produced in collaboration with the Education Department, Whitney Museum of American Art.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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