Guest Moderators: Jesse Hewit and Larry Arrington
Guest curator Jesse Hewit asks: How do we address a dominant system of values about art, in which the worth of our artistry is measured by our ability to produce a string of sellable art-objects/deliverables? How do we insist on the value of our practices; the actions that exist long before and after our “pieces” are done, our funding is dry, and our careers have likely been made socio-economically impossible? Let’s rally around practice, look at it closely, let it compose our reality, honor it obsessively, and allow it to give us connectivity, catharsis, and criticality.
This salon will address, question and unpack the notions of practice and making in relation to dance. Hewit and Arrington will be joined by panelists Dia Dear, Nina Haft, Margaret Jenkins, Brontez Purnell, and Sara Shelton Mann—together with the audience—to engage deeply in this conversation.