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Downtown Art

Performance an exhibit highlight


02/23/2009

MCLA Gallery 51 presents "Locus," an exhibition of contemporary video art, painting, drawing, photography and performance.

Curated by Lauren Wolk of North Adams, "Locus" features art made by emerging and established American artists whose work explores the human body as experience.

The show, which runs through March 22, features five visual artists, as well as eight dance artists in performances at the gallery throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Admission to "Locus" and its performances are free and open to the public.

"The artworks in 'Locus' explore how contemporary experiences are registered in the human body," Wolk said. "Within the scope of the show, the self is really posited as the site where public meets private. In disparate ways, the works are interested in parsing the implications of that intersection."

Performance Schedule & Roster:

Open Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28.

Creatures of Habitat (COH ensemble), an experimental physical-poetry ensemble based in Massachusetts and directed by dance artist Stefanie Weber will hold an open rehearsal. Audience members are invited to participate in the process of developing COH's newest series, "habitat (de)fragmentation," by bringing in a battery (or solar) powered light of any kind. The dancers in this evening's rehearsal include Kalei Carlson, Kat Gurley, Isabelle Holmes '07 and Stefanie Weber.

Performance, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5.

Modern dancers Marta Miller and Aislinn MacMaster have collaborated for more than a decade. Based in New Jersey and Connecticut, respectively, they spend much of their summers creating work in their studio in Stamford, Vt. Their performance for "Locus" will center on their improvisational response to the art works in the exhibition.