November 7, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Dance and American Art

“Dance, visual arts, music and more…”

By Tom Maguire

Culture Vulture

Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.

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“Dance and American Art:  A Long Embrace” at Collected Works
Sharyn Udall, art historian, author and independent curator, and Catherine Oppenheimer, founder of National Dance Institute, will be hosted by Collected Works Bookstore for a book conversation and signing of Udall’s new book, “Dance and American Art:  A Long Embrace” on Monday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

From ballet to burlesque, from the frontier jig to the jitterbug, Americans have always loved watching dance, whether in grand ballrooms, on Mississippi riverboats or in the streets. “Dance and American Art” is an innovative look at the elusive, evocative nature of dance and the American visual artists who captured it through their paintings, sculpture, photography and prints from the early 19th century through the mid-20th century. The scores of artists discussed include many icons of American art: Winslow Homer, George Caleb Bingham, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Edward Steichen, David Smith and others. A beautifully illustrated, innovative look at the rich and rhythmic dialogue between the arts, “Dance and American Art” illuminates American culture through portrayals of dance in visual culture.

As a subject for visual artists, dance has given new meaning to America’s perennial myths, cherished identities and most powerful dreams. Their portrayals of dance and dancers, from the anonymous to the famous—Anna Pavlova, Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller, Josephine Baker, Martha Graham—have testified to the enduring importance of spatial organization, physical pattern, and rhythmic motion in creating aesthetic form.

Andrea Harris, editor of “Before, Between, and Beyond: Three Decades of Dance Writing” had this to say about Udall’s new book: “By exploring the continual dialogue between art and dance, Udall not only probes dance’s own cultural meanings, she also casts new light on visual artists’ persistent reliance on dance to invent new forms, revitalize technique and style, and better understand the human body and movement.”

Pianist Norman Krieger at Serenata of Santa Fe
On Friday, November 16, famed pianist Norman Krieger spends a whirlwind day in Santa Fe, hosted by Serenata of Santa Fe.  Krieger begins the day at 10 a.m. with a Master Class at the Scottish Rite Center featuring talented young Santa Fe-area pianists Presley Gao, Gavin Laur, Jakob-Kaare Rasmussen, Jennifer Wang, and Brass Burapa.  Students and teachers are admitted free and general admission for the Master Class is $10.

The 6 p.m. program at the Scottish Rite features Krieger in solo selections by Mozart, Chopin and contemporary composer Henri Lazarof. Mozart is represented by the Sonata in C Major, K. 330; followed by Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1; Etude Op. 25, No.1 and Etude Op. 10, No. 12. Lazarof’s  6 Preludes (2008) rounds out the solo piano portion of the concert, with the  Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, with String Quintet accompaniment as the evening’s finale.

Tickets for both the Master Class and the evening concert are available at Serenata’s website.

Spanish Colonial Arts Society Board President joins Prado Museum Foundation
New Mexican, Jim Long, board president of Santa Fe’s Spanish Colonial Arts Society, was appointed as an International Trustee of the Prado Museum Foundation in Madrid, Spain on October 18, 2012.  The official appointment was made by Carlos Zurita, Duque de Soria (Duke of Soria), who is the brother-in-law of the King Juan Carlos I.  The Duke of Soria is President of the Spanish Federation of the Museums Friends Associations and President of the Friends of Prado Museum Foundation. He is also a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine.

Long, a prominent New Mexico businessman, credits his appointment to two things, his long time friendship with past United States Ambassador to Spain Edward Romero and his involvement with the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. Among Long’s many business ventures include Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the parent company of The Lodge at Santa Fe, The St. Francis Hotel and the Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe. 

The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. The Prado was is 200 years old and is considered one of the finest in the world.  The museum’s exhibits attract three million visitors per year and the Foundation has 15,000 supporters.  There are currently 70 trustees representing 15 countries, with only four of them from the United States.

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