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Art Talents Collide: Susan Rosenberg To Talk About New Book On Trisha Brown

Sydney A. Braat

This book tracks Brown's evolutionary trajectory through the first half of her extensive career. (Courtesy Photo)

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will welcome Susan Rosenberg, who will discuss her new book, Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art, at the Museum on Friday, November 4th at 6 p.m. This exciting project is the first in-depth study of the ground-breaking artist/choreographer's work. Rosenberg will explore how Brown re-shaped the landscape of modern dance.

The book tracks Brown's evolutionary trajectory through the first half of her extensive career. There will be a Q&A session following the talk, facilitated by Parrish Curator of Special Projects Corinne Erni, as well as a book signing with Rosenberg. Copies of Trisha Brown: Choreography a Visual Art will be on sale at the Museum Shop.

"As someone who loves dance and movement and its interaction with the visual arts, I am very excited to hear Susan Rosenberg speak about Trisha Brown, who has hugely influenced the arts beyond dance," said Erni.

Brown is known as the first female choreographer to receive the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship "Genius Award." She is the creator of more than 100 dances, six operas, one ballet, and a significant body of graphic works. Brown has undoubtedly re-shaped the landscape of modern dance with her ground-shattering choreography and visual art.

"Trisha Brown's exploration of the question 'What is choreography' paradoxically introduced her work into the expanded field of 1970s interdisciplinary art," said Rosenberg.

Rosenberg draws on Brown's archives and interviews with the choreographer and her colleagues to illuminate the formation of Brown's systemic artistic principles.

Don't miss your chance to hear from Rosenberg and get a copy of her book signed! (Courtesy Photo)


Rosenberg serves as the consulting historical scholar at the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She is also the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After Rosenberg commissioned Brown to create a new work for an exhibition that project turned into the basis of the writer's book. Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art has won the Meiss/Mellon Author's Book Award from the College Art Association (CAA). Additionally, Rosenberg's writings on Brown have appeared in TDR, October, and in the Ludwig Forum für International Kunst's catalogue Nancy Graves Project & Special Friends.

Brown was born in 1936 in Aberdeen, Washington. She moved to New York City in 1961 to immerse herself in what was to become the post-modern phenomena of Judson Dance Theater. Brown pushed the limits of choreography to change the face of modern dance. In 1970, she founded the Trisha Brown Dance Company which thereafter changed choreography.

Brown's drawings have been featured in galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art and The New Museum in New York, The Drawing Center in Philadelphia, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, White Cube in London) Venice Biennale and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Musee d'art Contemporain de Lyon, and many others.

Admission to Susan Rosenberg on Trisha Brown is $10 and free for members, children, and students.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For more information, call 631-283-2118 or visit www.parrishart.org.




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