The piece is between 6 an 8 minutes long and will talk place in the Beaux-Arts Court on the third floor of the museum around 5:45pm. There will be a screening of“Girl Walk // All Day” at 6pm in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium which is right beside the Beaux-Arts Court. The entire day at the museum is free as part ofTarget First Saturdays and includes a party hosted by DJ Junior Vasquez in honor of the exhibit of his friend Keith Haring’s work which is currently on view at the museum.
I imagined being in her gallery beneath a white sheet which is pulled back to reveal her latest masterpiece. As she is a master of the female form, I spent a lot of time thinking about the female body and chose two women whose bodies played a pivotal role in their lives. The first was Anna Nicole Smith. Her entire biographyis captivating, but I was especially touched by the harm her body suffered. The irony was that her body was her money-maker, yet she abused the shit out of it and eventually it gave up on her. Later I saw the 60-Minutes piece on Lara Logan’s tragic episode in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. I knew immediately that I wanted to make a creation dedicated to her struggle there, and decided that her ability to detach mind from body during the ordeal was not unlike Anna Nicole’s willingness to numb herself to death. You can see Lara’s story here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO12X1nhzzk.
I can’t be sure how much of this will come through during the performance, but as I go through the piece, I hope to detach from my body. The painting Jane has created for the piece is stunning and totally delicate. There is no doubt that you will see this painting suffer some damage by the time the piece concludes and watching the painting suffer this damage is likened to watching Anna Nicole self-destruct or Lara Logan be tortured.
dance installation by John Doyle
costume by Jane Lafarge Hamill
music by Prince
This piece is dedicated to Lara Logan.