action is primary

1/5: action is primary, Meg Foley, 2016. Photo by Tasha Doremus.
2/5: action is primary, Meg Foley, installation view. Photo by Jeffrey Stockbridge.
3/5: action is primary, Meg Foley, 2016. Photo by Tasha Doremus.
4/5: action is primary, Meg Foley, installation view. Photo by Jeffrey Stockbridge.
5/5: Meg Foley. Photo by LBrowning Photography.

Foley, a 2012 Pew Fellow, will present an exhibition of improvisational research and performance, to be installed at the Crane Arts Building’s Icebox space in 2016. Centering on Foley’s improvisational performance practice, action is primary will feature photographic, moving-image, sonic, and written documentation of up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis, wherever she might be, at 3:15 p.m. Additionally, Foley will train three fellow dancers in her improvisational practice, so that they may also perform “3:15 dances” and document their work, amassing materials that will be curated into the exhibition. New York City-based choreographer Jeanine Durning will facilitate this process. The resulting exhibition will consist of live performances framed by documentation of the development process, overseen by artist and writer Marissa Perel, a recent curatorial fellow at Vox Populi’s AUX performance space.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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