Wednesday / February 13, 2019 / 8 p.m.
Taylor, Rauschenberg, and Mid-Century Modern
Illustrated pre-performance talk at 7 p.m.
“Tracing Modern Dance: Paul Taylor, Robert Rauschenberg, and the Creation of Tracer”
Robert S. Mattison, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art, Lafayette College
When Paul Taylor began making dances in 1954, his early, experimental work was influenced by a close collaboration with artist Robert Rauschenberg. Together they created 17 pieces, some of which were nearly lost to time until meticulously reconstructed and unveiled anew. With commentary by art historian Robert S. Mattison, Taylor 2 sheds new light on the duo’s seminal and rarely-seen 3 Epitaphs (1956) and Tracer (1962), as well as Junction (1961) and Party Mix (1963), works Taylor made with like-minded artists of the avant-garde Alex Katz and Nancy Azara.
Program: Junction (1961), music by J.S. Bach, sets and costumes by Alex Katz // Tracer (1962), music by James Tenny, sets and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg // 3 Epitaphs (1956), New Orleans jazz, costumes by Robert Rauschenberg // Party Mix (1963), music by Alexei Haieff, costumes by Nancy Azara
Tickets: $25 (just $6 for students with ID)
The Albert Seip Memorial Fund Performance
The Williams Center for the Arts’ Dance Series is underwritten, in part, by the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation.