Dance and Art in Dialogue
dance legend Trisha Brown is the subject of a major exhibit
opening at Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art
Gallery this weekend. Brown, who emerged from the Judson
Dance Theater in the early ’60s and formed her own New York
City-based company in 1970, became best-known for her revolutionary
dance vocabulary. Instead of drawing on traditional movements,
Brown took her inspiration from natural body movements and
gestures taken from daily life. It was, critic Marianne
Goldberg said, something new: “Brown’s gestures did not
look like anything seen before. She traveled beyond the
known lexicon of modern dance.”
This multimedia exhibit, arranged by independent curator
Hendel Teicher, includes drawings, paintings, costumes,
photographs and sets. There will also be, screening continuously,
what the museum calls an “extensive” selection of videos
of Brown’s work over the years, as well as examples of her
collaborations with visual artists like Robert Raushenberg,
Nancy Graves, Fujiko Nakaya, Donald Judd and Terry Winters.
The exhibit opens at the Tang Museum (Skidmore College,
815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs) on Saturday (Feb. 1),
and runs through June 1. The museum is open from 10 AM to
5 PM Tuesday through Saturday. The opening reception is
also Saturday, from 6:30 to 8 PM; before the reception,
the museum will present Trisha Brown and Hendel Teicher:
Dancer and Curator in Dialogue, at 5 PM. Admission to the
museum is free. For more information, call 580-8080.
Evening with Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin has a career that spans both decades and genres.
She’s done lots of movies (like Nashville, which
earned her an Oscar nomination, and 9 to 5), TV spots
(a role on Murphy Brown and appearances on numerous
other shows), and recordings (mostly in the early ’70s—she
was even on a Barry Manilow album in 1980). However, Tomlin
is perhaps best-known for her talent in taking on different
personalities, some of whom are practically as well-known
as the actress herself. Everyone knows Edith Ann, the little
5-year-old girl in the very big chair. And who can
forget Ernestine the telephone operator?
Lately, the actress has been up to some interesting things,
like performing in a tour of life partner Jane Wagner’s
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.
Also, Tomlin and Wagner are collaborating with the Los Angeles
Gay and Lesbian Center and the Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund
to establish the Lily Tomlin Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
in Hollywood, with a goal of raising money to provide services
for people living with HIV and AIDS. Currently, Tomlin is
touring, performing her array of characters for fans around
the United States.
Iron Horse Entertainment presents An Evening with Lily
Tomlin at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (corner of Second
and State streets, Troy) on Saturday (Feb. 1) at 8 PM. Tickets
are $55, $45 and $35, and can be ordered by calling the
Music Hall box office at 273-0038.
Burton, aka Blackloud, was a founding member of one of the
area’s favorite stoner-rock ensembles, Small Axe, who came
out kicking in the ’80s and continue in the new millennium
sans Burton. The bassist left the band last summer to forge
his own path, one he’d like to share with you tomorrow (Friday)
at the Chapel + Cultural Center on the RPI campus.
Burton’s material features the bass as the lead melodic
instrument—and we mean balls-to-the-wall rock & roll
bass sans noodling—and combines it with vocals, drum machines
and synthesizers. A rhythmic stew with electronic currents
(it’s a big, big stew after all), Burton’s solo stuff veers
stylistically from the sound of his former band, but we
still think that if you’re a fan of Small Axe, you’ll likely
be a fan of Blackloud.
Blackloud’s performance—which also will include the debut
of Burton’s video for the single “Slipper,” created by Sleight
of Hand Productions—is the first show of many scheduled
by the Chapel + Cultural Center’s new director, Metroland
contributor J. Eric Smith. The season continues with music,
lectures and art exhibits, including guest speakers Alice
Fulton (March 4) and author Christopher Ringwald (March
20); nationally acclaimed violinist Deni Bonet (April 11)
and Ambient Night featuring Sara Ayers, Mindspawn and Dreamstate
with video by Twisted Pair (April 25); and an ongoing art
exhibit, Uncovered Treasures: Contemporary Latino and
Latin-American Art, which runs through February.
Blackloud will perform tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 31) at the
Chapel + Cultural Center (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Troy). The show starts at 8 PM, and tickets are $5, $3 students.
Call 274-7793 for information.