VIDEO: An Introduction to NYCB Art Series Artist Lauren Redniss
Lauren Redniss is an artist and author of several works of visual non-fiction. Her installation for this year’s Art Series celebrated the many people whose behind-the-scenes efforts are the lifeblood of the theater. She created a 360-degree panorama of portraits depicting more than 100 people who work at New York City Ballet. Redniss wanted visitors to be surrounded by faces, color, and light. She says, “By looking into the eyes of each person and reading their words, I hope visitors’ experience of coming to the theater will gain a new dimension.” Redniss is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches at the Parsons School of Design.
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The basis for Art Series lies in New York City Ballet’s rich history of working with visual artists. When the New York State Theater opened in 1964, architect Philip Johnson and NYCB Founder Lincoln Kirstein curated a permanent collection for what was to become one of New York City’s great public spaces, and included works by Jasper Johns, Lee Bontecou, and Elie Nadelman. In more recent years, other leading and emerging artists – luminaries like Keith Haring, Julian Schnabel and Santiago Calatrava – have collaborated with the Company in a variety of ways on and off the stage. Art Series builds on these traditions.
Our aim is to cross-pollinate the disciplines of performing and visual arts – and their audiences – by annually inviting a contemporary artist to create a site specific work of art in our Lincoln Center home. Inspired by something as simple as movement, or as specific as our history, our dancers, or a piece of our world-renowned repertory, the Art Series installation is on view during the Company’s six-week winter performance period. Previous collaborators have included FAILE/Patrick McNeil & Patrick Miller, JR, Dustin Yellin, Marcel Dzama, Santtu Mustonen, Jihan Zencirli, and Shantell Martin.