Art, Design & Architecture Museum Exhibition

Event Date: 

Saturday, January 14, 2017 to Sunday, April 30, 2017

Event Date Details: 

Public Reception: January 27, 2017  5:30 - 7:30 pm

Museum Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:00 - 5:00 pm;  Thursdays, 12:00 - 8:00 pm

Event Location: 

  • Art Design & Architecture Museum

Event Price: 

Free admission

Event Contact: 

AD&A Outreach Coordinator Lety Garcia, lgarcia@museum.ucsb.edu or 805.893.2951

Anna Halprin in Apartment 6,  Helsinki, Finland 1965.  Photo by Hank Kranzler, courtesy  of Performance + Design, San Francisco

Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer
in CA and NY, 1955 - 1972

In August 1960, the choreographer Anna Halprin taught an experimental workshop attended by Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer on her dance deck on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, north of San Francisco. Within two years, Forti’s conceptually forceful dance constructions had premiered in Yoko Ono’s loft and Rainer had cofounded the ground-breaking Judson Dance Theater. Radical Bodies reunites Halprin, Forti, and Rainer for the first time in over fifty-five years. Dance was a fundamental part of the art world in the 1960s. Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, all Californians with Jewish roots, opened the way to a radicalized vision for dance, music and the visual arts that continues to influence choreographers and visual artists around the world to the present day.

Curated by Ninotchka D. Bennahum (Professor of Dance History/Theory/Performance, UCSB), Wendy Perron (author, editor and dancer) and Bruce Robertson (Professor, History of Art & Architecture and Director, AD&A Museum), Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 – 1972 consists of photographs, videos and original scores and drawings by Halprin, Forti and Rainer, as well as work inspired by them (presented in photographs, documents, videos and original works of art) by such artists as Imogen Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, George Brecht, Robert Morris, Jennifer Bornstein and Janine Antoni. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by UC Press, with essays by Bennahum, Perron and Robertson, as well as essays and documents by Simone Forti, John Rockwell (former dance critic of the New York Times) and the composer Morton Subotnick.

Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara