Tacita Dean, Craneway Event, 2009, 16 mm colour anamorphic film, optical sound, 108 min. Film still. Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris, Frith Street Gallery, London.
Tacita Dean, Craneway Event, 2009, 16mm anamorphic film, optical sound, 108 minutes, film still.
Tacita Dean, Craneway Event, 2009, 16mm anamorphic film, optical sound, 108 minutes, film still.
Tacita Dean, Craneway Event, 2009. Photo: Nash Baker
Tacita Dean, Craneway Event, 2009. Photo: Nash Baker

Tacita Dean: Craneway Event

A film made with and about Merce Cunningham

June 1 - July 13, 2019
Brown Foundation Gallery
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Craneway Event is a 16mm film portrait of the legendary dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and his dance company by the British-European artist Tacita Dean (b. 1965). Presented on the occasion of Cunningham’s 100th Anniversary in tandem with a worldwide re-consideration of his work, Dean’s film invites the viewer to enter Cunningham’s creative universe, as dancers convene for rehearsal in an abandoned Ford assembly plant in Richmond, California. The architectural space, scaled for cranes, is a dramatic backdrop for the careful observations of both artist and choreographer. Culled from hours of footage, the portrait features Cunningham as a contemplative artist in the twilight of his career, physically diminished by age, yet creatively flourishing through his work.

Known for her film portraits of iconic artists such as Cy Twombly, David Hockney and Mario Merz, Dean presents a visually stunning profile of one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century through the lens of a lush technology. Dean makes a visually compelling case for the preservation and revitalization of 16mm film through her stunning depiction of a great artist at work.

Screenings daily at 10:15am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm.