Josiah McElheny: Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center


Saturday, October 24, 2015, 2:00pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, Level 1

Performances: Thu, Oct 1, 5 pm; reception to follow. Additional performances: Oct. 20-24 (see below for times). The performances are between 15 and 30 minutes in duration.
Exhibition and additional performances through Oct 25.
Presented by: Carpenter Center

Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center features two five-foot-high sculptures made of cedar and mirror sited individually on separate pedestals. Walking Mirror 1 2012 © Josiah McElheny, Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New YorkEach sculpture is made of two parallel rectilinear panels with full-length mirrors in which viewers catch their reflections. Both sculptures periodically become part of performances when performers—in fact, Harvard University dance students—inhabit the sculptures on a published schedule, transforming the objects into a kind of costume. Interrupting the inanimate stature of sculpture, the performers put on the objects using nylon shoulder straps. Once harnessed, they lift the objects off the ground and begin to walk, stepping into the surrounding realm of exhibition and moving amongst viewers at whatever pace they choose, interacting verbally (or not) with visitors. The performances are organized in collaboration with Harvard Dance Project.

The performances are between 15 and 30 minutes in duration and occur at the following dates and times.

Thu, Oct 1, 5 pm (reception to follow)
Tue, Oct 20, 5 pm
Wed, Oct 21, 6 pm
Thu, Oct 22, 5 pm
Fri, Oct 23, 6 pm
Sat, Oct 24, 2 pm

The performances are in collaboration with the Harvard Dance Project (HDP). The HDP cultivates invention and fosters the courage of artistry. This faculty-led, performance company gives students the opportunity to be original cast members and collaborators in two or more diverse dance works created by preeminent professional choreographers. The project focuses on performance research, collaboration, choreographic composition, and links choreographic thinking to other fields. It is a year-long studio based course which includes at least 12 performances at major venues on campus.