A new exhibition, "Yvonne Rainer: Radical Juxtapositions, 1961-2002," danced its way in to the Haggerty Museum of Art this week.
The exhibition of photographs, dance manuscripts, film stills and other formats tells the story of Yvonne Rainer, a dancer with a fascinating life. Each medium manages to express how Rainer transformed ordinary movements into a new way of dance.
Rainer has been considered a leader of contemporary and avant-garde dance since the late 1950s and began choreographing her own work in 1960. She co-founded and performed with the Judson Dance Theater with fellow artists Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown and David Gordon in 1962.
Vintage photographs of the artists make up a large part of the exhibit as well. Numerous stills from film and dance productions grace the walls of the museum, giving the viewer a chance to see the birth and progression of Rainer's dance and sociological movement.
Many of Rainer's images contain easily comprehensible symbolism. "Huddle" is an image of people piled in a heap that demonstrates the struggle bodies undergo.
"This exhibit is different from a show that hangs only paintings," said Curtis Carter, Haggerty Museum director. "This is a show that hangs pictures of life and work."
"Yvonne Rainer: Radical Juxtapositions, 1961-2002" will be on display at the Haggerty Museum of Art, located on Marquette's campus, through Jan. 9. More information is available at www.mu.edu/haggerty.