previews

  • Yvonne Rainer, Parts of Some Sextets, March 1965. Robert Morris, Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Tony Holder, Sally Gross, Robert Rauschenberg, Judith Dunn, and Joseph Schlichter. The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, 1965, black-and-white-photograph, 10 x 8".

    “Yvonne Rainer: Space, Body, Language”

    Kunsthaus Bregenz
    Karl-Tizian-Platz
    February 4–April 9, 2012

    Curated by Yilmaz Dziewior and Barbara Engelbach

    Anyone who’s seen Yvonne Rainer’s 1966 Hand Movie will have noted the work’s striking use of an intimately vernacular body language (famously anomalous within modern dance) and the particular way in which Rainer relates dance to film. The seventy-seven-year-old artist has continued to cross-pollinate these two time-based media throughout her career, liberating bodies from the dramatic strictures of virtuoso performance to cultivate, instead, the wide range of temporalities and rhythms that the body produces of its own accord. In this dual-venue exhibition (following Bregenz, Museum Ludwig Cologne opens its segment on April 28), the first European retrospective of Rainer’s work, a selection of some 250 scores, diaries, photographs, and previously unscreened film material will augment a generous array of lectures, workshops, and, of course, performances.