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Baby, Said Alice B. Toklas… Closing Reception & Panel Discussion
May 15, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm| Free
Join us for the closing reception and final performances of Baby, said Alice B. Toklas. . ., an experiment in self-performing theater by Hanne Tierney. A panel discussion will take place at 4pm with Gautam Dasgupta, art historian and scholar, and artist Hanne Tierney.
The 15 min. performances will take place from 1pm to 6pm.
Hanne Tierney’s self-performing theater revels in and transcends its own artificiality. The precise movements of two cloth figures, hula hoops, copper pipes, and fabric configurations are being controlled in plain sight by a wood and plexiglass device. An elaborate, visible robot brain sends messages to the device whose levers literally manipulate the strings of the performing materials, creating the gestures, lights and dialogue.
The figures are Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, who argue over the worth of Stein’s avant-garde plays and operas. As they bicker, semi-abstract objects perform excerpts from two of her plays, confirming Stein’s conviction of her modernist genius. The music of Eric Satie evokes the zeitgeist.
Unstrung, a concurrent installation of performance objects from several of Tierney’s previous works is on view in the gallery.
Gallery viewing: Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 6pm
Performances on demand: Friday – Sunday from 1 – 6pm