“Bill T. Jones Body Painting with Keith Haring,” 1983. (c) 1983 Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc. New York. Body drawing by Keith Haring. (c) 1983 Estate of Keith Haring, New York.
As the centerpiece of the ICA’s 75th anniversary season, Dance/Draw is a stunning exhibition featuring work from nearly 40 artists that explores the relationship between contemporary dance and drawing over the past 40 years. Following World War II, both dance and contemporary drawing evolved with striking parallels, “abandoning the confines of technical perfection” (ICA) for more free-form and independent expression. Instead of strict, traditional ideas for “art” and “dance,” these modern representations stretched the potential of each medium.
This exhibit illustrates the unique relationship between drawing and dance for the first time. Sebastian Smee on Boston.com said, “‘Dance/Draw’ at the Institute of Contemporary Art is the contemporary show of the year. It’s smart, it’s engaging, and it pulls together lots of ideas in joyful, exuberant fashion.”
Dance/Draw is showing now through January 16, 2012.