Abrons Arts Center Presents Yvonne Rainer and Gregg Bordowitz in Conversation

Artists Yvonne Rainer and Gregg Bordowitz will discuss their recent work in relation to techniques of reproduction in corporeal art, performance, film and writing. Rainer will read a new essay, and Bordowitz will read from various works. The event will include a presentation of documentation from a performance by artist Jimmy Robert and artist, writer, curator and teacher Ian White. Rainer and Bordowitz will draw on their experiences working with Robert and White. This event is part of the exhibition “That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on:,” whose title is a citation from White’s essay “Removing the Minus” originally published on his blog Lives of Performers. Curated by the Whitney ISP Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows at The Kitchen, running May 23 to June 10.

Gregg Bordowitz is an artist, writer, and activist, currently working as a professor in the Video, New Media, and Animation department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His films include Fast Trip Long Drop (1993), and (1996), and Habit (2001). He is the author of The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986–2003 (2004) and Tenement (2015).

Yvonne Rainer is dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer. She was a co-founding member of the Judson Dance Theater in 1962 and has been a professor emeritus at University of California, Irvine since 2005. Her films include A Film About a Woman Who… (1974) and Privilege (1990). Her many published writings include the memoir Feelings Are Facts: a Life, published by MIT Press in 2006.

Ian White was an artist, curator, writer, and teacher, and Jimmy Robert is an artist. They collaborated on many projects, including 6 things we couldn’t do, but can now, performed at Tate Britain (2004).

Image:  “RoS Indexical” by Yvonne Rainer, 2007, foreground Emily Coates; photo by Julia Zimmerman.