NEARLY STATIONARY

Performance and the Still Object

May 7 - June 12, 2022


Opening Reception with the Artist: May 7, 2022 from 5-7pm

A multi-level exhibition and installation by Barbara Kilpatrick.

“Barbara Kilpatrick’s work deliberately inhabits a realm where dance-theater and visual art coexist.” — Susan Rosenberg, Consulting Historical Scholar, Trisha Brown Dance Company

In over 20 years working in contemporary dance, the Bessie Award-winning visual artist Barbara Kilpatrick has often pondered the life of her work beyond the stage. What is remembered when a performance ends? Can objects made for the stage also exist independently as art?

In this two-part, multi-floor exhibition and installation of real and conceptual costumes, drawings, photography and performance ephemera, Kilpatrick seeks to examine the space between performance and object, movement and stillness, experience and memory

Central to the installation is a newly commissioned dance created by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, who perform new choreography amid, and in dialogue with, an installation of Kilpatrick’s costumes in Hudson Hall’s grand 1855 theater. Musicians will perform John Cage’s meditative String Quartet in Four Parts, the third of which provides the title for the work. 

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  • Hudson Hall’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Governor and the New York Legislature.