Painting for Performance

September 12, 2019 to December 8, 2019

Organized as a companion exhibition to Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage, Painting for Performance presents an array of designs by five visual artists who ventured into the world of performance. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view rarely seen costumes and backdrops from productions created by Georges Rouault, Paul Jenkins, David Salle/Jeff Koons, and Terry Winters. Designs are complemented by paintings and prints by the artists.

Among the productions featured in Painting for Performance are George Balanchine’s The Prodigal Son(1929), Paul Jenkins’s Shaman to the Prism Seen (1987), Karole Armitage’s Contempt (1989), Trisha Brown’s El Trilogy (2000/01), and Merce Cunningham’s Loose Time (2002).

Music, large-scale photographs, and production footage activate the space with the lush sound and myriad of vivid colors that once painted stages nationally and internationally.

Painting for Performance
is organized for the McNay Art Museum by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs, and Timothy James Retzloff, Tobin Theatre Arts Fund Assistant Curator, Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. 

This exhibition is a program of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

Image: Jeff Koons/David Salle, costumes for Contempt, 1989. Courtesy of Armitage Gone! Dance, New York.

David Salle, backdrop for Contempt, 1989. Courtesy of Armitage Gone! Dance, NewYork.

Photography by Joe Schildhorn