Talking Back: Dance Response Project

Kyle Abraham and Carrie Schneider in conversation about choreography, film, and the politics of intimacy


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  • Performance

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Kaja Silverman


Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

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Slought and the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce Talking Back: Dance Response Project, a conversation with Kyle Abraham, Carrie Schneider, and Kaja Silverman on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 6-8pm. The program will explore choreography, film, and the politics of intimacy, and has been organized in conjunction with Carrie Schneider's exhibition More Than Private. Galleries will open at 5pm for reception.

Kyle Abraham and Carrie Schneider began collaborating as recent college graduates in 2003, when they met working as "Artist Educators" at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, developing public programs for adults and teens. In subsequent years, Schneider has participated in several residencies with Abraham's dance company, Abraham.in.Motion, including On the Boards (Seattle) and Jacob's Pillow (Massachusetts), and her videos have been featured in two of Abraham's evening-length performances, including Op. 1 (2010), and Live! The Realest MC (2011). A founding member of the A.I.M. board, Schneider also continues to shoot much of the promotional material for the company.

Abraham and Schneider's most recent collaboration is Dance Response Project (2013–2014), a series of seven short improvised dance videos, featuring Abraham performing solo and, at times, with collaborators. Dance Response Project was inspired, in part, by UK-based musician James Blake's 2013 album Overgrown.

The associated exhibition at Slought featuring the work of Carrie Schneider will include a selection of short films from the Dance Response Project, including "Overgrown" (2013), "Digital Lion" (2013), "I am Sold" (2014), and, available online, "Retrograde" (2013).

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Carrie Schneider is a Brooklyn-based artist working in photography and film. Her exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; among others. Awards include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation NYC Film/Video Grant, and a 2015 Creative Capital Award.

Carrie attended Carnegie Mellon University (BFA), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Kuvataideakatemia (Finnish Academy of Fine Arts) in Helsinki as a Fulbright Fellow, as well as the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Kaja Silverman is the Katherine and Keith L. Sachs Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, the author of numerous books including The Miracle of Analogy (2015), the first volume of a 3-volume revisionary history and theory of photography, and a frequent curator at Slought. Most of the funding for this exhibition came from her Mellon Distinguishing Achievement Award.

Kyle Abraham is the Artistic Director of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, whose mission is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham's artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the goal of the movement is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history.

Abraham is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, a 2015 City Center Choreographer in residence, and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Previous awards include being named a 2012 USA Ford Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee, and receiving a 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. In 2010, Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010.

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