The Work Is Never Done: Judson Dance Theater at MoMA

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers used a local church to present performances that Village Voice critic Jill Johnston declared the most exciting new developments in dance in a generation.

"Bach" from Terrain
“Bach” from Terrain; Yvonne Rainer (American, born 1934), Al Giese; 1963; gelatin silver print; Sheet: 16.2 × 24.3 cm (6 3/8 × 9 9/16 in.); 2006.M.24.124; The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2006.M.24)

Questioning and redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson collective – Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and Elaine Summers, among others – went on to leave a lasting impact on the shape of art across disciplines in the second half of the 20th century.

The Work Is Never Done: Judson Dance Theater is on at The Museum of Modern Art, New York until 3 February, 2019. Plan your visit here.

Seen at top: 1963_schneemann_newspaperevent courtesy MoMa.


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