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Muscle/Memory, New Work Explores the Relationships between Sculpture and Dance

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Dance and Visual Arts will present new work produced by students last fall through courses in both disciplines that explores the relationships between sculpture and dance.  The showing of work will take place on Friday, January 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lucas Gallery at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street.  The event is free and open to the public.

The twin “Muscle/Memory” courses drew their intellectual motivation from the desire to understand how bodily movements in relation to objects can be considered dance in some contexts and visual art in others.  The courses investigated how, since the 1960s, both fields have put pressure on the body as a “site” of aesthetic experience, and on sculpture as the body’s “trace.”  Students in both courses created movements that were informed by built costumes and props and created objects that informed or constrained bodily movement.  The dance course was taught by Susan Marshall, Director of the Program in Dance and the visual arts course by Joe Scanlan, Director of the Program in Visual Arts.

“The work that resulted from the project assignments surpassed our expectations,” notes Marshall.  “The students coming from a dance perspective drew inspiration from those whose background was visual arts, and the sculptors in the class benefitted similarly from the students with movement backgrounds.”

Students and faculty in both disciplines, as well as guest artists, met throughout the course of the semester to discuss their work.  A lecture series, also entitled “Muscle/Memory,” accompanied the course and brought prominent choreographers and artists to campus for talks with students and the public.  Artists Janine Antoni and Suzanne Bocanegra; choreographers William Forsythe and Eiko Otake; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Deputy Director and Chief Curator Nancy Spector lectured on the main thematic thrust of the course.

Event Information


Friday, January 13, 2012
4:30 PM

Lucas Gallery


Randi Vogt '12

Photos by Bentley Drezner


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