For his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, artist Nick Mauss (b. 1980) presents “Transmissions”, a multidisciplinary work exploring the relationship between modernist ballet and the avant-garde visual arts in New York from the 1930s through ’50s.
Over the past decade, Mauss has pursued a hybrid mode of working that merges the roles of curator, artist, and scholar. At the Whitney he brings together his own works, alongside historical photographs, sculptures, paintings, drawings, film and video from the Whitney’s holdings and those of other public and private collections — all presented within a layered exhibition design by Mauss that allows for the works to be seen in a new light.
Central to the exhibition is a daily performance by four dancers made in collaboration with Mauss as an interpretative reaction to the artworks and archival materials on display. For Transmissions, Mauss cast dancers whose training includes ballet, though most have continued to practice in more contemporary forms. Their movements incorporate quotidian gestures and procedures from a dancer’s daily practice as well as a choreographed sequence that invokes ballet as it comes into tension with modern and contemporary techniques.
Nick Mauss “Transmissions”
Date: March 16th – May 14th, 2018
Opening Hours: 10:30 – 18:00 (Friday, Saturday till 22:00)
Closed on Tuesday
Place: Whitney Museum of American Art
Address: 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 1001
Admission: Adults $25, Seniors/Students $18