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MacArthur Award-Winning Performance Artist Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni, a renowned performance artist, will discuss the intersections of visual art and movement as part of a semester-long interdisciplinary series of lectures entitled “Muscle Memory” at the Lewis Center for the Arts.  The lecture will take place on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.  in the Lewis Center’s Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio, 185 Nassau Street in Princeton.  Cosponsored by the Programs in Dance and Visual Arts, the talk is free and open to the public.

Janine Antoni received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1986 and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Since then she has mounted major exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe and won prestigious awards, most notably a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011.  Some of her earliest works—Gnaw (1992), Loving Care and Slumber (both 1993), transformed daily rituals of eating, sleeping and washing into extreme acts: in Gnaw, chewing on two 600-pound cubes, one made of chocolate and the other of lard, from which she then created chocolate boxes and lipstick tubes displayed in a mock store front;  in Loving Care, mopping a gallery floor with her hair saturated in hair dye and pushing viewers out of the gallery space in the process; and in Slumber, sleeping on a bed in public, at night registering her brain waves on an electroencephalograph and, during the day, duplicating the patterns by weaving them into a blanket that she then slept under.  In another work, Moor, she created a long rope from unusual and often personal items donated by friends and relatives, twisting the materials together to create a metaphorical lifeline uniting a disparate group of people into a unified whole.

“Janine often conceives and executes her elaborate installations over a number of years, conducting interdisciplinary research, and always developing new processes and methodologies,” notes Joe Scanlan, Director of the Program in Visual Arts.

“Her work boldly explores themes of materiality, process, intimacy, the body, cultural perceptions of femininity, and her art historical roots,” adds Susan Marshall, Director of the Program in Dance.

Antoni's solo exhibitions include Slip of the Tongue at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow (1995), Swoon at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1998), and Taught Tether Teeter at SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico (2002).  Her work has also appeared in the Venice Biennale (1993), Whitney Biennial (1993), Face-Off: The Portrait in Recent Art at the Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (1994), Johannesburg Biennale (1995), Open Ends: Minimalism and After at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2002), and Moving Pictures at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2002).

In addition to receiving MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, Antoni has received the Glen Dimplex Artists Award from the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (1996), the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut (1999), and the New Media Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (1999). She was a finalist for the Guggenheim Museum's 1996 Hugo Boss Prize.

This lecture series is part of dance and visual arts courses entitled “Muscle Memory” being taught in tandem at the Lewis Center by Director of the Program in Dance Susan Marshall and Director of the Program in Visual Arts Joe Scanlan.  Dance students are creating performed movements as visual art, while visual arts students are addressing sculpture and the body, with both classes meeting together periodically. This is the final lecture in the series, however work that was created by dance students in their course will be performed informally on December 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the Hagen Dance Studio; the event is free and open to the public.

Event Information


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio

Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street



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