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7/29/2011 - 12/23/2011
Organizing institution: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
In honor of the residency of renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones, The Dancer and the Dance: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs presents images of dance drawn from UVaM's permanent collection and a private collection. Through the work of artists spanning many centuries to the present, the exhibition explores themes of motion, materiality, and temporality. Photography, for example, captures the most ephemeral and detailed of dance gestures. Great art allows us to understand these subtleties, whether in classical dance or in the visual records of photographers, printmakers, and draftsmen.

The revelatory artists in this exhibition, including Giovanni Podesta, Jan Sadeler I, Paul Gavarni, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Käthe Kollwitz, Man Ray, Reginald Marsh, Barbara Morgan, Garry Winogrand, Honoré Sharrer, Red Grooms, Ed Roseberry, and Dove Bradshaw, explore these themes, highlighting dance’s ability to turn the human body into a work of art.

The title of the exhibition comes from the last line of the poem "Among School Children" by William Butler Yeats: "O body swayed to music, O brightening glance / How can we know the dancer from the dance?" The Dancer and the Dance tries to capture that conundrum.

Curated by Stephen Margulies, Volunteer Curator

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Albemarle Magazine, Arts$, The Hook, and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.

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