Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Body in Motion

For my exhibit the theme is The Body in Motion. Through statues, paintings and a drawing, it displays the significance of dancers in a solo, as a pair, and group on stage. I chose this theme because I find myself putting a lot of my time in dance, especially when it comes to performing; I've done a solo, danced as a pair and group. I want people to understand my perspective of the body's motion when it comes to performing. These artworks aren't influenced by the time period or geographic. An example of a solo would be "Fragilina"A dancer could be curled up somewhere on the stage and as the lights turn on they’ll move slowly upward to represent Attilio Piccirilli’s statue, where they would end up kneeled down and having their hands on their shoulders. From that position, the dancer can remain on the floor or stand up and travel around the stage. An example of a pair would be "Two Dancers". A couple has to work together in order to demonstrate their dance. The way they step onto the stage may have a meaningful reason to display the type of dance they'll perform with or without music.  By the statues' hand gestures, heads being high, and clothing, we can inference they are dancing the waltz. Much like a single dancer and a pair, a group has to stay conscious to what each dancer is doing at a precise time, while, they all are working together. In a group, dancers can be scattered throughout the stage, paired, or crumbled up into a crowd.  However, in my exhibit I have groups displayed in a circular line. All but one artwork contains an object at the center. It is meaningful, much like a center piece, where at a celebration it being a flower base. Such as for "A Bedroom From The Sagredo Palace", where on the ceiling there is a painting surrounded by marbled cupids, the painting is the center piece. It is significant because much of the audience’s attention is driven towards the center. Dancing in a group, such as this, reminds me of my high school ballroom class dancing samba. Everyone would be facing someone’s back and have their hands on that person’s shoulders as we danced in a circular line and the teacher at the center.

Attilio Piccirilli
American Paintings and Sculpture

William Rimmer
"The Falling Gladiator"
American Paintings and Sculpture

Harriet Whitney Frishmuth 
"The Vine"
American Paintings and Sculpture

Antonio Canova 
"Venus Italica"
Probably ca. 1822-23
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts


"Two Dancers"
ca. 1758
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

"Costume design for elegant lady and gentleman dancers"
20th Century
Drawings and Prints

Joseph Willems
"Chinese musicians"
ca. 1755
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Gaspare Diziani, Abbondio Stazio of Massagno, Carpoforo Mazzetti
"Bedroom from the Sagredo Palace"
ca. 1718
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Master of Flora
"The Birth of Cupid"
A.D. 1400-1600
European Paintings

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
"Ugolino and His Sons"
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

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