Questions of Practice: “What is Reconstruction?”

“If I go in and copy a Van Gogh and I do it very well, I’m called a forger. If I go in and restore somebody else’s dance, I’m called an artist.” In this panel discussion excerpt, legendary downtown theater artist Richard Schechner—founder of The Performance Group in New York City—asks, “What’s the difference between forgery and art,” between “new” and “original?” He proposes that a restaging becomes its own original, and that our desire to reconstruct reveals a “cultural anxiety about losing things” and nostalgia for a “sense of wholeness.”

Excerpt from “Again, in another time and place: A conversation on reconstruction, restaging, and reenactment,” produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and presented at FringeArts in Philadelphia, on October 5, 2013.

This event “Again, in another time and place: A conversation on reconstruction, restaging, and reenactment” was produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and presented at FringeArts in Philadelphia, on October 5, 2013. That same weekend Lucinda Childs re-presented a half-dozen of her early dance works, with Center funding.

Participants in the panel discussion also included Patricia Lent (Merce Cunningham Trust) and Sharon Hayes (visual artist), moderated by Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley).


Curator Lee Tusman on curating a site-specific performance informed by and presented at the Barnes Foundation.

Grants & Grantees

Tobin Rothlein is a dance artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

In conjunction with its ongoing project Endless Shout, the Institute of Contemporary Art presents a conversation between visual artist Charles Gaines and poet Fred Moten.

In conjunction with the recent Center-funded retrospective, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, we invited author and art critic Douglas Crimp and MoMA PS1’s Peter Eleey to reflect on Brown’s influential choreographic practice.

Part performance, part discussion, and part party, these events invite attendees to discuss the project’s improvisational practice.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jeffery N. Bullock is chair of the dance department at Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and director of the graduate degree program in association with American Dance Festival.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sarah Wilke became managing director of Seattle’s On the Boards at the start of its 2004–05 season. She is responsible for day-to-day and long-term strategic management.

Hip-hop dancer and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier talks about how performing on the street differs from performing on stage.

Jaye Allison collaborated with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles tap group to create a new work honoring the five original Silver Belles.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Adam D. Weinberg has been the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art since 2003.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble released a video trailer for its Center-funded performance, Steppes: A Crossover, featuring the premiere of a piece by Mark Morris.

Grants & Grantees

The Slought Foundation is a small and dynamic organization with great ambitions, founded in 2002 to present art projects and lectures from a storefront in University City.