Aug 18th 2016

Risa Puleo is an independent curator and critic. She attended Bard College’s Curatorial Studies Program and also has a Masters in Art History from Hunter College. She was Assistant Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin and Program Director of Artadia: the Fund for Art and Dialogue. She writes for Bomb, Art in America, Modern Painters, Art Papers, Art21, and other publications.

Care, rehearsal for a performance suggests a choreography of disability as a remedy for maneuvering through institutions that are disabling. The exhibition was inspired by Yvonne Rainer’s Convalescent Dance, a modification of Trio A performed in 1967 while Rainer was “convalescing” from surgery as a protest against the Vietnam War, and Steve Paxton’s Intravenous Lecture, made in 1970 in response to being censored by NYU. In this performative lecture, Paxton (and in 2012, Stephen Petronio) walked around a courtyard in front of NYU attached to an IV line, speaking institutional censorship. These two moments in Judson Dance Theatre’s history are relatively unconsidered and set the stage for a group of artists who are currently making work about mobility and institutional access.The exhibition expands definitions of mobility from physically navigating the world with a disability to include maneuvering through the bureaucracy of health careinstitutions and moving through social space. Curated by Risa Puleo, Roots & Culture’s first CONNECT curatorial resident, Puleo will live with the work over the course of its exhibition while she writes about an essay unpacking theses ideas.

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