kNOWing: Recent Works from Coronado Print Studio (2016)
Founded in 1991 as a performing and social action dance company, Gibney Dance made Studio 5-2 at 890 Broadway the Company’s artistic home.
Gibney Dance has and continues to do amazing work within the dance and local community. They provide more space for dance, support for the development of emerging choreographers, opportunity for artist feedback sessions, studio rentals, affordable dance classes and work with domestic violence survivors. Their community action division was founded in 2000 and provides workshops, programs, training and residencies in relation to working with domestic violence survivors. In fact, Gibney Dance was the first program to unite dancers with survivors with domestic violence.
On Thursday October 30th I attended the opening of Gibney Dance’s Lower Manhattan location near City Hall named the “Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center”. It was such an exciting and inspiring event as I viewed the new facility!
During my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico I went to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) “a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of/for contemporary Native art, history and culture through presentation, collection/acquisition, preservation, and interpretation. The MoCNA is recognized as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions devoted exclusively to the display of dynamic and diverse arts practices representative of Native North America” (Museum of Contemporary Native Arts website). It is a great starting point to build your knowledge of contemporary Native arts.
The exhibition of John Hitchcock Traces of the Plains had a deeply relevant message and encouraged viewers to think of the use of control, assimilation, war and fear that surround our society. Full of images set with US military weaponry and mythological and hybrid creatures from the Wichita Mountains in western Oklahoma, the art work consists of paper and multimedia installations of printed matter and video.