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Rashaad Newsome, Untitled (New Way), 2009, still from a color video, 6 minutes 48 seconds.

“Dance/Draw”

Rashaad Newsome, Untitled (New Way), 2009, still from a color video, 6 minutes 48 seconds.

DANCE AND DRAWING each pose unique challenges for curators. If drawing can be difficult to exhibit, that is because of its relation to reading and to the page—it can be unspectacular in the extreme. Dance, on the other hand, can be played up as participatory spectacle (as it was in last year’s disappointing “Move: Choreographing You” at London’s Hayward Gallery) or shown as video, robbing spectators of its most essential elements—actual bodies in space. To the great credit of curator Helen Molesworth, “Dance/Draw” skirted these problems. The show elucidated the relationship between the titular mediums from the 1960s to the present, bringing together work by nearly fifty artists while highlighting recent developments that promise to pluralize art’s audiences in the best possible way.

One of the great strengths of the exhibition was the balance it struck between documentation

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