Hailed by The New Yorker as the “dynamic doyenne of the toy piano and its grownup counterpart,” Margaret Leng Tan infuses the avant-garde with good old-fashioned showmanship, tempered with the disciplinary rigor inherited from her mentor John Cage.
REDCAT presents an afternoon screening of films by Morgan Fisher curated by Bruce Hainley and Sohrab Mohebbi. The program is followed by a conversation with Fisher and artist Shahryar Nashat. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Morgan Fisher / Passing Time currently on view, in the Gallery at REDCAT.
Tehran-born, Brooklyn-based artist Raha Raissnia presents an evening of expanded cinema performances that combine multiple projectors, screens and painted surfaces into intensely layered recreations of recorded images.
An elaborately prepared piano hovers above the stage for Pura Entraña, a hyper-sounding textural performance by experimental vocalist and intermedia artist Carmina Escobar, who activates the installation Piano Suspendido (Suspended Piano) by Jerónimo Naranjo.
An intimate—yet humorous —act of cultural resistance, the cinema of Vivian Ostrovsky is a gesture, involving the filmmaker’s entire body— as she travels around the world, carrying the gear and framing/gathering images with a Super-8 camera.
REDCAT is a home for diverse artists and audiences who are interested in pushing the evolution of contemporary culture, and discovering new art forms for our complex and volatile world.
“Art is a mediator of the unspeakable,” wrote Goethe. Artists can open the mind and soul to help us comprehend beauty as well as atrocity; vibrancy as well as anguish. Many artists at REDCAT this fall are finding creative and profound ways to do both.
In the gallery, more than 20 Iranian artists explore complex social issues, while using the rich cultural significance and beauty of flowers as a starting point. In the theater, Dutch art collective Hotel Modern, who came to REDCAT in 2015 with an astonishing performance addressing the horror of WWI, return with an acclaimed and meticulous piece commemorating the worst atrocities of WWII; choreographer David Rousséve celebrates the life of composer Billy Strayhorn, who was a gay, African-American activist more than 60 years ago, and wrote some of Duke Ellington’s most famous music; wryly funny German/UK ensemble Gob Squad works with local performers to probe definitions of “beauty” and the grace of aging; the bi-coastal trio My Barbarian finds a way to confront economic injustice while making us laugh heartily and tap our toes to their band; and Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy merges cinema and theater to re-imagine the themes of anguish, hope and love in Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
There is much more—ranging from adventurous music and multi-media events, to groundbreaking film and video programs. These are events you’ll want to experience, not just hear about.
We hope to see you here, Mark Murphy The Steven D. Lavine Executive Director of REDCAT