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Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done

Museum of Modern Art, New York

16 Sep 2018 - 3 Feb 2019

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers and filmmakers gathered in Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York’s Greenwich Village, for a series of workshops that ultimately redefined what counted as dance. The performances that evolved from these workshops incorporated everyday movements, gestures drawn from the street or the home, while their structures were based on games, simple tasks and social dances. Spontaneity and unconventional methods of composition were emphasised as the Judson artists investigated the fundamentals of choreography, stripping dance of its theatrical conventions.

Through live performance, film, photography, sculptural objects, musical scores, poetry, and archival materials, this exhibition traces the history of Judson Dance Theater both in and outside the church, from the workshops that took place there to other spaces around downtown New York. Find out more about the Judson Dance Theater exhibition from MoMA’s website.

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The Branch, Anna Halprin

Warner Jepson’s photograph of The Branch (1957), Anna Halprin. Courtesy of the Estate of Warner Jepson

Peter Moore’s photograph of Qui a mangé le baboon? (1963), Charles Ross.

Peter Moore’s photograph of Qui a mangé le baboon? (1963), Charles Ross. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Al Giese’s photograph of Fred Herko in Binghamton Birdie (1963). © Estate of Al Giese/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Peter Moore’s photograph of Intermission (1963), Philip Corner. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; © Barbara Moore/Licensed by VAGA, New York

 

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