New York

Eleanor Antin

Stefanotty Gallery

Two poster-sized photos set up and encapsulate Eleanor Antin’s show. In one, Antin dressed as a king watches a videotape of Antin posing as a ballerina; in the other, the ballerina watches a tape of the king. The rest of the exhibition of photos, tapes, texts and drawings is involved with constructing and revealing these two fictive personae. Recollections of My Life with Diaghilev, 1909–1929 is hung on one side of the gallery and includes texts of reminiscences and vaguely Chagallian line drawings with captions like, “All of Paris rose to salute our modernism,” and “The English all took Russian names like Istomina or Andrei.” Throughout this show, Antin uses videotape conventionally, that is, for its truth-telling capacity, to document and reveal the fakery of her posings. The ballerina tape shows her using props to achieve graceful poses for a photographer. Nearby the photos are displayed.

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