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    Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films

    May 27–October 12, 2014

    Getty Research Institute

    Photograph of Yvonne Rainer dancing in the "Bach" sectoin of Terrain, 1963

    Yvonne Rainer in the “Bach” section of Terrain (1963), Yvonne Rainer. Judson Memorial Church, New York, 1963. Photo: Al Giese. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

  • Trio A (The Mind Is a Muscle, Part I) (1966), Yvonne Rainer. Performed by Yvonne Rainer in 1978. 10 min., 7 sec.
    Note: Video has no sound.

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    Audio: Yvonne Rainer reads from her open journal.

    Yvonne Rainer reads from her journal.
    Notebook, Yvonne Rainer, 1981–83. Ink on paper. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

  • Yvonne Rainer and Bill Davis in Terrain

    Yvonne Rainer and Bill Davis in “Love,” the final section of “Play” in Terrain (1963), Yvonne Rainer. Judson Memorial Church, New York, 1963. Photo: Al Giese. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

  • Excerpt from Rainer Variations (2002), Charles Atlas. 2 min., 52 sec. excerpt from 41 min., 30 sec. original

  • Yvonne Rainer rehearsing Parts of Some Sextets, 1965

    Yvonne Rainer at rehearsal for Parts of Some Sextets (1965), Yvonne Rainer. New York, 1965. Photo: Al Giese. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

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    Audio: Yvonne Rainer reads from her open journal.

    Yvonne Rainer reads from her journal.
    Notebook, Yvonne Rainer, 1960–62. Ink on paper. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

  • Score for Trio B Running

    Score for “Trio B, Running” from The Mind Is a Muscle (1966–68), Yvonne Rainer, 1966–68. Graphite and ink on paper. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

  • Still of Valda's solo from Lives of Performers

    “Valda’s Solo” from the film Lives of Performers (1972), Yvonne Rainer. Photo: Babette Mangolte. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

  • John Erdman and Yvonne Rainer in This is the story of a woman who . . .

    John Erdman and Yvonne Rainer in This is the story of a woman who . . . (1973), Yvonne Rainer. Theater for the New City, New York, 1973. Photo: Babette Mangolte. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

  • Poster for “A Concert of Dance Nos. 14, 15, 16,”

    Poster for “A Concert of Dance Nos. 14, 15, 16,” Judson Memorial Church, New York, 1964. Design by Robert Morris. Offset print on paper. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.24

Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films

May 27–October 12, 2014, Getty Research Institute

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Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer (American, b. 1934) is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. Her work has been foundational across multiple disciplines and movements: dance, cinema, feminism, minimalism, conceptual art, and postmodernism.

Rainer first came to prominence as a leading figure in the Judson Dance Theater movement, a loose collection of dancers and artists whose performances (often held at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City) crossed fluidly between the fields of dance and visual art, creating a striking and intellectualized form of performance that denied the theatricality and emotionalism of modern dance in favor of movements that seemed casual, spare, and cool.

Over time, Rainer's works became increasingly personal and political, and by the early 1970s she had begun to focus on producing experimental feature films. Over the next 25 years, Rainer produced an extraordinary series of films that engaged with the most advanced theoretical thinking of the time while also grappling with issues of power, privilege, and inequality. In 2000, Rainer returned to choreography and has continued to produce provocative and surprising new works to the present day.

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Yvonne Rainer: Two Works

Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, 2014
7:30–9:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

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July 24–October 9, 2014
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