A. L. Steiner and robbinschilds

Taxter & Spengemann

The danger of characterizing a work as “fun” is that, in doing so, one also risks implying that it is inconsequential. This is an especially deadly charge when measuring art of a feminist provenance: It’s still rare enough that such art is considered worthy of serious discourse. (Though perhaps such misogyny will attenuate in the wake of two current surveys: “WACK!” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and “Global Feminisms” at the Brooklyn Museum.) With that in mind, A. L. Steiner’s latest project, C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience), Part 1, 2007, a ten-minute forty-eight-second video made in collaboration with dance duo robbinschilds, manages to be both serious and fun—and perhaps a little something more.

The video has a relatively simple structure. It charts the movements of dancers Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs as they variously hop, slide, crawl, climb, and thrash

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