In collaboration with the Rubin Museum of Art, Pentacle is curating an exciting new series of site-specific dance in the museum’s galleries. This initiative provides performance opportunities for our dance artists to reach new audiences from the visual arts field, forge relationships with a museum, and explore the artistic possibilities of creating site-specific work in a visual art setting.
Suspending Time, Spring 2018
For the pilot season Suspending Time, Pentacle selected four artists from our pool of constituents: Zvi Gotheiner/ZviDance, Beth Gill, nora chipaumire, and Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory. Each artist created a 20 min site-specific dance in one of the museum’s galleries responding to the museum’s 2018 theme, “The Future.” Suspending Time was a success with sold out performances, prominent features in publications like the New Yorker, and an influx of new visitors to the Rubin.
Pentacle is thrilled to be invited by the Rubin Museum to curate another dance series in 2019, this time with the theme of “Force.” Pentacle will select three new artists and one repeat artist for the series from a pool of over 250 artists for whom Pentacle currently provides services to and who have expressed interest in site-specific, multidisciplinary work. Furthermore, in an effort to address systemic inequalities in the arts ecosystem, Pentacle’s priority is to support artists of color.
In 2019 Pentacle and the Rubin will offer an Education Component around the series to engage NYC public school students and their families. The artists will visit partner schools and give talks at the museum about their creative process. Students will go on docent led tours, and have more opportunities to engage in conversation with the artist over lunch in the museum café. To conclude the experience, all the students and their families will be invited back to the museum for a special afternoon performance series of the artists’ final works. We are very excited to engage more young people in this multidisciplinary and multisensory experience that we believe will enliven their learning experience and raise their interest in and appreciation for the arts.
Pentacle’s Dance Series at the Rubin Museum of Art is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Pentacle receives private support for its Dance Series at the Rubin Museum of Art from the Howard Gilman Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.