Dorothea Tanning "Costume Design for The Witch (Monstre)" 1950
It should come as no surprise that Dorothea Tanning is one of my very favorite artists. So I was over the moon to learn that The Drawing Center currently has an exhibition of her exquisite, imaginative theatre designs:
Early Designs for the Stage
April 23 – July 23, 2010
Dorothea Tanning: Early Designs for the Stage will present approximately twenty hand-drawn ballet costume designs by Dorothea Tanning (b.1910) created in collaboration with the early modernist choreographer, George Balanchine. Dating from 1945–1953, the designs will be shown together for the first time, and will be accompanied by archival photographs and ephemera related to the staged productions. This series explores the dynamic intersections of dance, performance, visual art, and costume, while drawing important parallels to Tanning’s early discoveries in both painting and sculpture. Taking the form of traditional fashion plates, the blithely rendered drawings are suggestive of bodies in motion and portrayals of outlandish characters through the quirky detailing and sensual drapery of the costumes. This exhibition is curated by Assistant Curators Joanna Kleinberg and Rachel Liebowitz.
And on June 10th, they'll be having a panel discussion:
Dorothea Tanning: A Dialogue Between Visual Art and Performance
Thursday June 10, 6:30 PM
Moderated by Joanna Kleinberg and Rachel Liebowitz, the co-curators of Dorothea Tanning: Early Designs for the Stage, this discussion will focus on the relationship between the visual arts and performance in the twentieth century with a particular focus on Tanning's collaboration with George Balanchine throughout the 1940s and 50s, which challenged both artists to expand their ideas about their own work, and the viewer's perception of the dynamic intersections of dance, performance, design, and visual art. Panelists will include Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art; Robert Greskovic, freelance writer and dance critic for The Wall Street Journal; and Anna Finke, Wardrobe Supervisor for Merce Cunningham Dance Company.