Choreographer Will Rawls and scholar and Performa associate curator Adrienne Edwards will discuss relationships between objects, animal figures, and blackness in performance. Rawls is currently working on a digital project for Triple Canopy that investigates the personal and symbolic lineage of a herd of foam-core German shepherds he created for several recent dance works. Rawls and Edwards will consider the German shepherd as symbol for obedience, statehood, violence, domesticity, and identification; they will also discuss the afterlife of objects in research-based performance.
It happens very often that a man has it in him, that a man does something, that he does it very often that he does many things, when he is a young man when he is an old man, when he is an older man. One of such of these kind of them had a little boy and this one, the little son wanted to make a collection of butterflies and beetles and it was all exciting to him and it was all arranged then and then the father said to the son you are certain this is not a cruel thing that you are wanting to be doing, killing things to make collections of them, and the son was very disturbed then and they talked about it together the two of them and more and more they talked about it then and then at last the boy was convinced it was a cruel thing and he said he would not do it and his father said the little boy was a noble boy to give up pleasure when it was a cruel one. The boy went to bed then and then the father when he got up in the early morning saw a wonderfully beautiful moth in the room and he caught him and he killed him and he pinned him and he woke up his son then and showed it to him and he said to him see what a good father I am to have caught and killed this one, the boy was all mixed up inside him and then he said he would go on with his collecting and that was all there was then of discussing and this is a little description of something that happened once and it is very interesting.
—Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans
Come read it with us, 50+ hours, from January 24 at 5 p.m. through January 26 at approximately 11 p.m. Triple Canopy, 155 Freeman St., Brooklyn
Triple Canopy is pleased to present its third annual marathon reading of Gertrude Stein’s enormously long and allegedly unreadable novel The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family’s Progress.
Over one weekend—from Friday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. until Sunday, Jan. 26, sometime around 10 p.m.—invited New York–based artists, writers, publishers, scholars, and other collaborators will gather in Greenpoint to perform the entirety of Stein’s text in a continuous read-in. There will be coffee and donuts during the dawn walk-in hours; snacks from The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook reimagined by artists and writers; a musical intermission by Bill Orcutt; and Eve Fowler’s series “A Spectacle and Nothing Strange,” letterpress posters emblazoned with Stein quotations, on display and for sale. The current edition of the novel, published by Dalkey Archive Press, will be available for borrowing or purchase throughout the read-in. Blonde Art Books will be selling publications by readers. Follow the progress on Twitter with #MakingUSA.
Image: Eve Fowler, detail from “A Spectacle and Nothing Strange,” 2011–12, 22 × 28 letterpress posters, ed. 100. Courtesy of the artist
He is our most elegant metatheatrixer; in his hands, the lines between on- and offstage reality melt like butter, re-form as steel, then wisp away again in a breath. In his plays, setting, event, and mood can be established and dispelled through words alone, plots may be rejiggered on the fly, any interruption is possible, and characters are apt to remember that they are just actors after all. Despite this intense, formal self-consciousness, his work is as felt as it is arch; his plays are not naturalistic, but they are terribly realistic.
—Ann Washburn, Bomb, on performer David Greenspan
See Greenspan perform Gertrude Stein Friday, January 18, and Saturday, January 19, at 8 p.m. at Triple Canopy, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn.
Join Triple Canopy for Composition … Master-Pieces … Identity, a solo performance by David Greenspan of three works by Gertrude Stein: her lectures “Composition as Explanation” and “What Are Master-Pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them” and her playlet Identity.
Performances will take place on Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn.
Air, especially when it is agitated (as in winds), licks up the moisture of the earth, preys upon it, and turns it into itself.
"Of the Dense and Rare" by poet Ada Smailbegović & artist Sylvia Hardy is a phenomenal poetic and photographic exploration of the qualities and quantities of matter: metaphor, fir-wood, gold, the images of things. This work is scientific and sensuous, wonderfully experimental and conjectural, and we’re very pleased to usher it into the world as the first project in Triple Canopy to use our new publishing system, Alongslide.
Alongslide is Triple Canopy’s third system for presenting and authoring digital projects (read about the first and second here and here), and it continues our effort to integrate new forms of reading, viewing, and listening online by situating these disparate modalities within a continuous visual content space. As an authoring platform, Alongslide provides a deceptively simple text-based environment in which editors can produce projects along with designers, writers, and artists; as a presentation platform, Alongslide provides a responsive framework that retains the integrity of visual layouts across a broad spectrum of Web browsing environments.