AN UNEXPECTED WAY TO EXPERIENCE A NIGHT AT THE BALLET
NYCB ART SERIES PRESENTS JIHAN ZENCIRLI GERONIMO
VIDEO: An Introduction to NYCB Art Series Presenting Jihan Zencirli GERONIMO
Jihan Zencirli installed thousands of compostable, biodegradable balloons in a series of installations in January and February – her largest project to date. The balloons ranged in size from ten inches to ten feet, and lived inside NYCB’s home at Lincoln Center.
Jihan Zencirli is a Turkish American visual artist, experiential writer and performance artist, creating under the moniker GERONIMO. Her interest lies in creating emotional and physical spaces that can break up the monotony of a day, connecting us to one another and bringing joy. She is most notable for her internationally regarded ephemeral sculptures located in public spaces, massive in scale and scope, and designed to be democratic in their availability. As Zencirli explains, "Balloons are only for a moment. They disappear and vanish. So rooted in my work is this reminder that you will only have this experience at this particular time. You’re here, you’re seeing it, you’re alive."
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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 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. Now in its sixth year, previous collaborators have included FAILE/Patrick McNeil & Patrick Miller, JR, Dustin Yellin, Marcel Dzama, and Santtu Mustonen.