4. Charles Atlas at Luhring Augustine, New York
A master at making dance films, award-winning video artist Charles Atlas has famously collaborated with Merce Cunningham, Yvonne Rainer, Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, Marina Abramović and Leigh Bowery to interpret their avant-garde styles of dance, art and performance. Originally from St. Louis, he moved to New York in 1970 at age 20 to become a filmmaker, but soon landed a job with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an assistant stage manager, then lighting designer and finally filmmaker-in-residence. Starting with a Super 8 movie camera, he began making experimental films with the company, which led to numerous other projects.
Atlas’s sensational solo show at the gallery presents the American debut of his multi-channel installation, A Prune Twin, which was originally commissioned by London’s Barbican Centre for their 2020 exhibition, “Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer.” Atlas and Clark, an innovative British dancer and choreographer, began collaborating in 1984 and have continued to work together. A Prune Twin combines the artist’s fictionalized 1986 television documentary Hail the New Puritan, which had been commissioned by the BBC, with Because We Must, another irreverent BBC production from 1989, on eight variously sized screens spread throughout the gallery to construct a wildly immersive marvel.
Through March 11
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