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Movement and the Visual Arts (Conference and Performance Art)

Date: Friday, June 2, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

This conference brings together a dynamic group of artists and scholars to participate in a day of lectures, dialogues, screenings, and performances that explore moments of intersection between the visual arts, dance, and other forms of cultural production.

Featured speakers are Elise Archias, Martin Kersels, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Babette Mangolte, Peggy Phelan, and Branislav Jakovljevic.

About Movement and the Visual Arts
Over the last 40 years, boundaries between visual art, dance, and performance have become increasingly fluid, with many artists moving continuously between multiple types of creative activity.

Some of the most important artworks from this period defy easy classification, and at times it is difficult to determine whether a work should be considered dance, performance, or even sculpture.

This conference examines whether a more generalized rubric such as "movement" may be a productive starting point for the investigation of creative cohesions between these varied artistic practices.

LA Art Girls
Throughout the day on the grounds of the Getty Center, the artist collective LA Art Girls presents short performances, interventions, and other impromptu activities inspired by Fluxus objects and events from the special collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute.

Conference Schedule

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Welcome and opening remarks
Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute

"Performance Demonstration: Rainer, Art, and Politics circa 1970"
Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Performance of For Carolee
LA Art Girls

"From Dancers to Meat: Carolee Schneemann's Early Performance Works"
Elise Archias, History of Art, University of California at Berkeley

Screening of Babette Mangolte's Water Motor (1978), performance and choreography by Trisha Brown, 16 mm., 8 min.

"Movement, Motion, Velocity, and Stillness in Filmmaking"
Babette Mangolte, Visual Arts Department, University of California at San Diego

Performance of Scroll Symphony
LA Art Girls


Moderator: Janice Ross, Drama Department, Stanford University

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Lunch break

During the break, the LA Art Girls present short performances, interventions, and other impromptu activities around the Getty Center. Please visit the LA Art Girls' Registration Table outside the Museum Lecture Hall lobby for more information, or for a schedule of these activities.

3:00–6:00 p.m.

"Moving Sculpture"
Peggy Phelan, Drama Department, Stanford University

Screening of the LA Art Girls' Negotiation (2006), video, 12 min.

"Batteriality of the Signifier: On the Energetics of Beuys's 'Coyote'"
Branislav Jakovljevic, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota

"Frozen Movement"
Martin Kersels, Program in Art, California Institute of the Arts, and Performance Artist

Simultaneous performance of Cream Piece and Make a Salad
LA Art Girls


Moderator: Richard Meyer, Department of Art History, University of Southern California

Trisha Brown, LA Art Girls

Related Event

An Evening of Short Performances
Date: Saturday, June 3, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $28, students/seniors $22. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

In conjunction with the Movement and the Visual Arts Conference on June 2, the Getty Research Institute presents a night of short performances. Yvonne Rainer, Getty Research Institute artist-in-residence in 2004, returns to the Getty Center to perform AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M., a revision—or spin-off—of the Balanchine/Stravinsky classic Agon. The evening's program also includes dance work by choreographers from a spectrum of generations, and cutting edge work by performance artists.

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