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Museum of Modern Art Presents a Program of Live Performance and Dance

The dancing body has long been subject matter for drawing, as seen in a variety of works included in the exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, currently on view in The Museum of Modern Art’s sixth-floor special exhibition gallery. These documentations show dance in two dimensions, allowing it to be seen in a gallery setting. But if one considers line as the trace of a point in motion—an idea at the core of this exhibition—then the act of dance and performance itself becomes a drawing, an insertion of drawing into the time and three-dimensional space of our lived world. In conjunction with the exhibition, and as part of MoMA’s ongoing Performance Exhibition Series, a program of live performance and dance is presented in the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium. All performances are included with Museum admission.

Performance 11: On Line/Trisha Brown Dance Company
Sticks (1973); Scallops (1973); Locus Solo (1975); Roof Piece Re-Layed (2011, based on Roof Piece, 1971)
January 12, 15 & 16, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

Performance 12: On Line/Marie Cool and Fabio Balducci
Selected untitled works, 2004–09
January 17, 19 & 20, throughout the day

Performance 13: On Line/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Violin Phase from Fase: Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982)
January 22 & 23, 2:00 & 4:00 PM

Performance 14: On Line/Ralph Lemon
Untitled (2008), with Okwui Okpokwasili
January 26, 29 & 30, 3:00 PM

Performance 15: On Line/Xavier Le Roy
Self Unfinished (1998), in collaboration with Laurent Golding
February 2, 5 & 6, 5:30 PM
Reservations are required. See for details.

Organized by Connie Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art, and Catherine de Zegher, former Director, The Drawing Center, New York, with Jenny Schlenzka, Assistant Curator for Performance, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art.

On Line and the accompanying performance series are made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and the Robert Lehman Foundation.

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