For most of its life, visual art was the sum of painting and sculpture. Then, in the early 20th century, Marcel Duchamp signed an upended urinal, and suddenly visual art could be anything we needed it to be not just something to look at, but something to hear, smell, taste and touch.
Most notable in this transition was the integration of other media. Although text, theatre, film, music and video figured largely in this re-orientation of visual art, one of the more influential hyphenations occurred in the mid-20th century with the collaborations of dancer Merce Cunningham and musician John Cage.
Artist Evann Siebens trained as a dancer before attending art school. She is therefore aware of the place dance occupies in modern and contemporary art, from the work of early practitioners such as Cunningham to that of Yvonne Rainer, Robert Morris, Anna Halprin, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs and Catherine Sullivan.
Siebens describes her recent exhibition and attendant performance as a mediated lexicon on how to shoot dance and a personal manifesto using film, collage, text and projection. For her performance, Siebens has enlisted dancers Justine Chambers, James Gnam and the Plastic Orchid Factory.
Performance March 19, 2016, 5:30 pm.