The silhouetted figures in some of Silke Otto-Knapp’s paintings appear as bodies in motion, involved in a fluid choreography. These works evince the artist’s deep interest in dance, from the history of its development as an avant-garde form, to the settings and conventions that make it legible as a particular mode of creative expression. For this cinematic screening, she has chosen a selection of dances for film and video from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, all by innovative choreographers and their artistic collaborators. The program includes works by Yvonne Rainer, Charles Atlas and Merce Cunningham, and Babette Mangolte and Trisha Brown, followed by a discussion between Karsten Lund, Curator at the Renaissance Society, and University of Chicago PhD candidate Tien-Tien Jong.
Babette Mangolte, Water Motor (1978) 16mm (black and white, silent), 8 minutes Courtesy of The Film-Makers’ Cooperative / The New American Cinema Group
Charles Atlas and Merce Cunningham, Channels/Inserts (1982) Video (color, sound), 32 minutes Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix
Yvonne Rainer, Trio A (1978) 16mm transferred to video (black and white, silent), 11 minutes Courtesy of Video Data Bank
Yvonne Rainer, Three Seascapes (1962), Video of performance at MoMA in 2018, 10 minutes © 2020 The Museum of Modern Art, NY/ Scala, Florence