Restagings No. 3: Fall (C.A.)
Sunday, October 13 | 2pm–12:30am
Fridman Gallery is honored to present Abigail Levine’s Restagings No. 3: Fall (C.A.), a 10 ½ hour performance and collective ritual for a community of performers, writers, and their witnesses.
Carl Andre, whose sculpture Fall (1968) is the work’s source, has said, “My work doesn’t mean a damn thing. There’s nothing hiding under those plates.” This work challenges his claim, as performers slip beneath the plates, raising them again and again.
The performers alternate between lifting a plate, tracing their forms along its underside, and responding to that experience through words via electronic typewriter. Levine will score the performance by taping the sound of the writings, and looping the recordings in the gallery through a multitude of cassette tape players.
Fall (C.A.) is the third presentation of Levine’s longform performance series Restagings, which re-reads minimalist and conceptual artworks as works of performances—five of them over the course of five years. The series restages works by an iconic cadre of 1960s artists—Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Carl Andre, Robert Morris, and Walter de Maria—all of whom were closely associated with dance and performance artists of their era—Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Ana Mendieta, and Carolee Schneemann among them.
Abigail Levine is an artist working between New York and Los Angeles. Rooted in dance but moving across media—performance, text, drawing, sound—Levine focuses on the poetics of our body’s work, how we record and value it. Previous works have been presented throughout the U.S. and in Cuba, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Greece, and Taiwan. Levine performed with Marina Abramovic (2010) and Yvonne Rainer (2018) in their retrospectives at The Museum of Modern Art, and will collaborate with composer Alvin Lucier on a staging of his Orpheus Variations with cellist Charles Curtis for its premiere in Spring 2020.
Levine’s Restagings have been presented at Fridman Gallery, Vox Populi, and The Knockdown Center, and supported by Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New Music USA, as well as residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, Center for Performance Research, and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
Contributing artists and performers: Sareh Afshar, Chloë Bass, Kyle Bukhari, Donna Costello, WooJae Chung, Atiya Dorsey, Rebecca Fitton, Camilo Godoy, Carolyn Hall, Greta Hartenstein, June Lei, Clarinda MacLow, Maho Ogawa, Kristopher KQ Pourzal, Janet Passehl, Vitche-Boul Ra, Londs Reuter, Elisa Santiago, David Thomson, and Edisa Weeks. Video by Esy Casey.