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Bette and the Giant Jewfish
Structures and Systems: "Minimal Art in the United States"
May 1, 2004

Conference: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall
The Getty Center

Panel Discussion: 8:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
The Getty Center

On the occasion of two major Los Angeles exhibitions of artistic movements that incorporated systematic strategies and simplified forms, Structures and Systems presents a dynamic exchange between noted artists, scholars, dealers, and museum professionals, along with related film screenings and performances.

"Minimal Art in the United States," part one of Structures and Systems, is presented in conjunction with MOCA's exhibition A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958–1968, organized by MOCA senior curator Ann Goldstein. This large-scale historical exhibition considers minimal art as a range of related, yet often distinct strategies that challenged prevailing aesthetic forms and propelled a fundamental renegotiation of the art object. A full day of public presentations at the Getty Center will be followed by an evening panel discussion among art professionals of the era.

Conference Participants:

Virginia Dwan, Gallerist
Miwon Kwon, Associate Professor, UCLA, and Getty Scholar
Michael Lobel, Assistant Professor, Bard College
James Meyer, Associate Professor, Emory University
Andrew Perchuk, Head, Contemporary Programs and Research, Getty Research Institute
Alex Potts, Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Yvonne Rainer, Artist and Filmmaker
Roberta Smith, Art Critic, New York Times

Panel Discussion Participants:

Carl Andre, Artist
Paula Cooper, Gallerist
Barbara Rose, Art Historian and Critic
Moderated by James Meyer

Dance Performance

Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer
May 8, 2004, 7:30 p.m. and May 9, 2004, 3:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
The Getty Center

In conjunction with Structures and Systems: "Minimal Art in the United States," the Getty presents a historic performance of works by choreographers Yvonne Rainer and Simone Forti. Some of the first objects that can properly be called minimal sculptures appeared as props in dance performances held at the legendary Judson Dance Theater in New York. This performance explores the development of the "new dance" and the connections between dance and the visual arts through the restaging of classic pieces by Yvonne Rainer such as Trio A Pressured (1966–1999), Three Seascapes (1962), and We Shall Run (1963), as well as the presentation of early works Cloths (1968) and Zoo Mantras (1967), along with a current piece of movement and spoken language improvisation, News Animations (1982–2004), by Simone Forti. The performance on May 8 features a conversation with Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, and Carrie Lambert, assistant professor of American art, Northwestern University.