"Stage Pictures: Drawing for Performance" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Stage Pictures: Drawing for Performance" Exhibition

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"Stage Pictures" presents a selection of designs for dance, theater, and opera from MoMA's drawings collection. The exhibition highlights set and costume studies, as well as more abstract suggestions of light and mood, spanning a century of visual experimentation on the stage-from the total theaters of the Ballets Russes and the Bauhaus, to Lincoln Kirstein's formation of an American ballet company, to Pop performances and contemporary epic opera. These works demonstrate how artists have used drawing strategies to, as one critic put it, "anticipate an event": interpreting texts to create dramatic mises-en-scène, imagining bodies in space and motion, and manipulating illumination and shadow.

[Image: Marc Chagall "Homage to Gogol" (1917) Gouache, watercolor, and pencil on paper 15 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.]



from March 11, 2009 to August 25, 2009

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