Dorothea Tanning "Early Designs"

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Dorothea Tanning: Early Designs for the Stage will present approximately twenty hand-drawn ballet costume designs by Dorothea Tanning (b.1910) created in collaboration with leading 20th century choreographers, including the early modernist, George Balanchine. Dating from 1945–1953, the designs will be shown together for the first time, and will be accompanied by archival photographs and ephemera related to the staged productions. This discrete body of work explores the dynamic intersections of dance, performance, visual art, and costume, while drawing important parallels to Tanning’s early discoveries in both painting and sculpture. Taking the form of traditional fashion plates, the blithely-rendered drawings, with their paths of fabric in space, suggest bodies in motion and portrayals of fanciful storybook characters that explore the bounds of desire and embodiment, and extend to Tanning’s prolific work in painting and soft sculpture—highlighting a vivid imagination in the creative practice.



from April 23, 2010 to July 23, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-04-22 from 18:00 to 20:00

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