April 24–25, 2014
Thursday and Friday at 8pm
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Guest curated by Fionn Meade
Laure Prouvost, From the Sky, Danspace Project, 2014. Photos: Ian Douglas
Laure Prouvost’s storylines in video and installation often leap from one transition to another, turning over scenes and trading in backdrops, substitute objects, and versioned characters until it is the shifting itself that remains central. Opting for the petit récits of transmission and direct address, images and language seduce and disturb, assailing the viewer with directives, cataclysmic farce, and placid assurances. In a performance that mixes video, music, and live narrative, From the Sky invokes and considers the impoverished specter of Prouvost’s invented grandfather, a conceptual artist. From the Sky marks the French-born/UK-based artist's first evening-length performance.
"Trying to make sense of [her] film is like trying to weave together memories splintered in dreams - impossible, but you want to keep trying. Ms. Prouvost is an artist-poet, the real thing." ––Holland Cotter, New York Times
Prouvost, a recent recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize, opened her first U.S. solo museum presentation at The New Museum in New York City this winter. Fionn Meade, a New York-based curator, writer, and faculty member at Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies, was recently named a senior curator at the Walker Art Center.
Lighting design Kathy Kaufmann
Laure Prouvost's From the Sky is presented by Danspace Project as part of the ART² contemporary art initiative of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. RSVP recommended
ART² is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. in collaboration with the new York presenters, Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange). This initiative is generously supported by Air France, the Florence Gould Foundation, Fondation de France, Pommery and Van Cleef & Arpels.