Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tacita Dean’s Craneway Event

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

presented in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
[members: $7 / non-members: $10]

Artist Tacita Dean offers a film portrait of late choreographer Merce Cunningham as he leads his dancers in three days of rehearsal for one of his dance “events,” set in a former Ford Assembly plant in Richmond CA. Its expansive windows allow the shifting light and views of the small moments played out on the natural backdrop of the San Francisco Bay to play a role alongside the dancers, complementing their movements. Dean’s inclusion of these elements reveals a shared sensibility between the two; Cunningham was known for his use of chance operations in composing his works. Completed months after Cunningham’s passing, Craneway Event is a poetic homage to the avant-garde master. (SFMOMA)