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NOTES 01: Made Active:The Chartwell Show

A few notes regarding Made Active:The Chartwell Show...

01: Painting as Performance

Fiona Connor said to me recently that she has lately been thinking about painting as a documentation of performance. This is a good way to think about the physical nature of painting a painting. I read recently about the close links between dance and painting in the late 19th C in Paris, for example, where choreographers were encouraged to study painting to help them plan and compose their stage designs and the movement of their dancers. In the USA, in the 1950s, artists were close advisors to Merce Cunningham and his dance company. On www.merce.org they explain: "Beginning in 1954, Robert Rauschenberg became the first Artistic Advisor to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and served in this capacity until 1964. Jasper Johns followed from 1967 until 1980.  Mark Lancaster was Advisor from 1980 through 1984.  The last Advisors to be appointed were Dove Bradshaw and William Anastasi in 1984.  The final MCDC Artistic Advisory Committee was comprised of Paula Cooper, Gary Garrels, Eileen Rosenau and Trevor Carlson." Much later, Rauschenberg's painting Immerse (1994) was made to be used as a backdrop for Cunningham's work Events.

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