Dancing around the Bride in the Guardian, Telegraph, and More

Photo courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery.

Throughout Dancing Around the Bride’s run at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, where it was called The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg, and Johns, the exhibition received media attention from the Guardian, Telegraph, The Economist, and more. The exhibition was originally produced at the Philadelphia Museum of the Art and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Adrian Searle wrote for the Guardian: “Painting, music, sculpture and dance come together with shared ideas, influence, friendship and love in this exhibition, which details the fruitful relationships between Marcel Duchamp, composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Duchamp presides, as enigmatic as ever he was in life.” Read more >

On the presence of Duchamp in the exhibition, Richard Dorment of the Telegraph wrote: “As everyone who has ever attempted to take up the challenge of entering Duchamp’s cerebral artistic universe discovers, to engage with any artwork by him is to become fascinated by the enigmatic mind and enchanting personality of the man who made it. Rather than attempt to demonstrate anything so crude as Duchamp’s mere ‘influence’ on these four artists, what the exhibition does instead is to show how profoundly the life and work of each is steeped in his thinking.” Read more >

“The show is less a static exhibit than a flowing interplay of movement, sight and sound. It is conceived as ‘an unfolding dance, including the artists in different combinations at different moments, and extending over time,’” said Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Carlos Basualdo to The Economist. Read more >

Additional press links:

Ben Luke’s review in the London Evening Standard >

Nancy Durant’s review in The Times of London >

Nick Compton’s article in Wallpaper magazine >

Collaborators & Colleagues

Pianist, composer/arranger, and educator Mike Holober serves as artistic director/conductor of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra and composer-in-residence with the Gotham Wind Symphony.

Grants & Grantees

Named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, this museum was founded in 1988 with a regional focus, housing a collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings.

Grants & Grantees

Crossroads Music organizes public performances by accomplished musicians with roots in cultures from around the world.

“What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” Five temporary public artworks, created by artists Ai Weiwei, Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie, Kaitlin Pomerantz, and Alexander Rosenberg, and on-site “laboratories” for public feedback will consider this question and notions of monumentality within the civic sphere.

The James A. Michener Art Museum conducted research for a retrospective exhibition on the work of designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931–87).

Grants & Grantees

Michael O’Reilly is a producer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, on view at the International Center of Photography in New York, has received recent media attention from a number of publications.

Grants & Grantees

Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced “breaking,” an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983.

Opera Philadelphia built an institutional research and development program, which has led to new partnerships and artistic collaborations with international opera companies and performers.

Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, which opens on March 1 at the Michener Art Museum, is featured in the New York Times.

Pasión y Arte’s Philadelphia Flamenco Festival will host this film screening of Carlos Saura’s Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), featuring a discussion with Michelle Heffner Hayes.

Grants & Grantees

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, produced a two-part program recreating a royal christening that occurred in Stuttgart, Germany in 1616.