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Gli (Wall), 2010. Aluminum and copper wire, installation at the Brooklyn Museum, dimensions variable.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum features site-specific sculptures that dazzle in their intricacy and scale. Using found materials in metal and wood, these works capture the tension between the fleet-footed movement of the international artist and nomad against the weight of memory embedded in material.

 

Detail of Gli (Wall).

 

The amount of effort and craft put into each piece was overwhelming. The laborious process involved clearly speaks to the dancer in me that worships the idea of hard work and practice.

 

Dance photographer Steven Schreiber dances to the tune of Drainpipe, 2010. Tin and copper wire, installation at the Brooklyn Museum, dimensions variable.

Another surprise could be found in the sequin-like appearance of the can lids in Drainpipe. Elevating the common object to such a glitzy beauty was pure vaudeville magic, showing the gloved hand of an experienced visual performer.

 

Detail of Drainpipe.

There is still time to be inspired by these works, on view through August 4th. For an idyllic spring double feature, pair this exhibition with the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden next door.

Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.