The fleeting art of choreography can only be approximated by conventional still photography. The images in this collection are drawn from mnartists pages and reflect the range of responses to the standard challenge of dance photography, which is typically answered by images of "decisive moments." The camera offers cross sections of dance, portraits of dancers sliced from the flow of designed movement. In the best cases a photograph implies more than a peak moment of accomplishment, or the apex of a leap; the photograph can offer a sense of past and future, of depth, relationship, and place, that allude to the broad field of sensations a choreographic artist incorporates into his or her work.
Past Event Related to Collection
CHOREOGRAPHIC: IMAGES OF MOTION, a thematic exhibition of work that expands upon the synaesthetic relation between the two media in of this collection, curated by George Slade and featuring the work of Stuart Allen, Bill Cottman, Justin Guariglia, Katy McCormick, Polly Norman, and Sean Smuda, opened at Minnesota Center for Photography on June 17 (with a public reception that evening from 6 to 9 p.m.) and ran to August 16, 2006. Performances in conjunction with the exhibition featured Hijack, The Body Cartography Project, Christopher Schlichting, Karen Sherman, Morgan Thorson, J. Otis Powell!, and Roxane Wallace, along with 4 artist talks--Guariglia and McCormick on Sunday, June 18, 2 p.m., Smuda with dancers on Thursday, June 29, 8 p.m., and Cottman with Powell! and Wallace on Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m. Polly Norman also delivered a talk in conjunction with the exhibition.
Minnesota Center for Photography
See the exhibition CHOREOGRAPHIC: IMAGES OF MOVEMENT opening June 17, 2006 at MCP. The exhibition, curated by MCP artistic director George Slade, includes work by Twin Cities-based artists Bill Cottman, Polly Norman, and Sean Smuda.