“Gerard & Kelly: P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange)”
At the New Museum
Fall 2014 R&D Season Artists in Residence
February 4–15, 2015
“P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange)” culminates a six-month residency with a two-week exhibition combining sculptural objects and live performance in the New Museum Lobby Gallery. An exploration of the choreography of relationships and the movement of cultural transmission, this ten-day pop-up exhibition distills a publicly engaged research process that has taken the form of classes, workshops, talks, and live “reverberations” organized around an installation in the Museum’s Fifth Floor Gallery (October 8, 2014–January 25, 2015). During the Lobby Gallery exhibition this February, multiple temporalities and states of being converge—objects and bodies, history and the disappearing present, rehearsal and performance, repetitions and the intervals between—to articulate pole dance as the ground for intimate exchange. A highly charged choreographic form, pole dancing is utilized here in an effort to reconcile forces of suspension and gravity and the assumptions of high and low cultural embodiment. “P.O.L.E. (People, Objects, Language, Exchange)” is organized by Johanna Burton.