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William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects May 23–September 15, 2019


Forsythe - Nowhere and Everywhere No. 2 (installation shot)

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2, 2013, plumb bobs, string, compressed air cylinders, and aluminum frames. © William Forsythe, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, New York / Photo: Daniel Ortiz

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2, 2013, plumb bobs, string, compressed air cylinders, and aluminum frames. © William Forsythe, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, New York / Photo: Daniel Ortiz

William Forsythe, City of Abstracts, 2000, video wall, camera, and computer software. © William Forsythe, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, New York / Photo: Daniel Ortiz

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 3, 2015, plumb bobs, string, compressed air cylinders, and aluminum frames. © William Forsythe, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, New York / Photo: Dominik Mentzos

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2, 2013, plumb bobs, string, compressed air cylinders, and aluminum frames. © William Forsythe, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, New York / Photo: Daniel Ortiz

William Forsythe, Towards the Diagnostic Gaze, 2013, feather duster, engraved stone shelf, and instructions. © William Forsythe, courtesy of the artist / Photo: Daniel Ortiz

William Forsythe, City of Abstracts, 2000, video wall, camera, and computer software. © William Forsythe, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, New York / Photo: Daniel Ortiz

Información en español sobre la exposición

This summer, William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects transforms the MFAH into a series of performance spaces welcoming visitors of all ages. The works in the exhibition range from a monumental, immersive installation to a single object meant to be held in the hand. Blurring the lines between performance, sculpture, video, and installation, Choreographic Objects invites you to connect to the organizing principles of choreography.

Internationally acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe (born 1949) creates experiences that are immediate and fresh. His ongoing series Choreographic Objects is conceived to reveal the ways in which people consciously and unconsciously move through space and time, interact with one another, and respond to both the potential and the limits of their own bodies.

Three signature works anchor the exhibition. Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2 beckons visitors to step among a field of pendulums that swing from the ceiling in a mechanized choreographic pattern.

In City of Abstracts, as visitors approach the interactive video wall, their images are captured on a massive screen, inviting group participation. Towards the Diagnostic Gaze consists of a feather duster lying on a stone slab with a deceptively simple instruction: “Hold the object absolutely still.”

► Exhibition Admission
Tickets, available online and on-site, provide access to the Museum’s collections and some displays. Present your exhibition ticket to access the immersive and interactive installations in Cullinan Hall. Before entering the installation, please check backpacks, umbrellas, and large bags at the coat check at the Main Street entrance. Children 12 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Guests in wheelchairs and with strollers may experience the installation along the perimeter. Works of art in the North Foyer and Hirsch Library are accessible without presenting an exhibition ticket.

TICKETS
William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects
Any Day,
Any Time
Thursday
MFAH Member (Join now!) Free Free
Adult (19+) $19 $10
Senior (65+ with ID), Military (with ID), College Student (19+ with ID), Youth (13–18) $16 $10
Child (12 & younger) Free Free

William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects | May 23–September 15, 2019


William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in cooperation with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Generous support for this exhibition in Houston is provided by:
Gagosian
Nina and Michael Zilkha
Bettie Cartwright
Wendy and Mavis Kelsey, Jr.
Nena and David Marsh
Shirley E. Rose

Location

Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
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