Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Performance-Based Art by KATE GILMORE: "Walk The Walk" at Bryant Park

Walk the Walk is a dynamic installation activated by seven women who will walk, shuffle, and stomp atop a cubic structure on the park’s Fountain Terrace for five business days in May.
Clothed in simple yellow dresses and beige pumps, Gilmore’s performers transform the workday into a visual spectacle and dissonant symphony. Once inside the structure, visitors will hear the reverberations of the stomping feet overhead, inserting them into a dramatic, improvisational audio piece.
Walk the Walk draws attention to the vast number of women who work in New York City every day. It questions the notions of work, its limitations and possibilities, and the themes of female identity, physical endurance, and personal expression.
The artist is best known for her single-channel videos of private performances. As the main subject in these videos, Gilmore attempts arduous physical tasks while wearing stereotypically feminine clothing and shoes. One such piece, Standing Here (2010), is currently on view in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
Walk the Walk is Gilmore’s first public installation and the first time she has orchestrated her work for other performers. (from the Bryant Park website)
8:30am – 6:30pm
Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14
Fountain Terrace at Bryant Park

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