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“Existed: Leonardo Drew” Opens with Talk, Dance Feb. 5

012710EyeOnArts_DrewThe Weatherspoon will be the sole museum to present “Existed: Leonardo Drew” in the Southeast. The major mid-career survey exhibition includes fourteen large-scale works, including one specially adapted by the artist for the Weatherspoon’s atrium, along with eight works on paper.

The works range from the intense drama of his sculptures and installations of the 1980s, to the epic sweep of his massive wall-bound tableaux of the 1990s, to the ethereal language of his paper casts of the early 2000s. Beginning in 2002 Drew began to create sculptures using paper replicas of his ongoing collection of castoff items that have constituted the material source for his works.

Friday, Feb. 5, Artist Talk and Opening Reception, 6-9 p.m.

  • 6 pm Artist Talk (tickets required) weatherspoon@uncg.edu
  • 7 p.m. Exhibition Opening + Reception (no tickets needed)
  • 7:45 pm “Sociography”, created and performed by Professor of Dance Larry Lavender and students in the Dance Department

“Sociography is a movement piece choreographed and conceptualized specially for the opening of “Existed: Leonardo Drew” by Dr. Larry Lavender, UNCG Department of Dance, and featuring the music “Mobiles (There is No End)” by Kyle Bobby Dunn, a graduate of UNCG’s art department. Creators and performers include John Dillon, Lauren Drake, Emily Hatfield, Andrea Lalley, Larry Lavender, Anne-Brady Lewis, Marialena Maggi, and Caitlin Spencer.

Lavender notes that the performers in “Sociography” are members of the cast for another work, “tell-a-truth,” which will be performed Feb. 12-13 in Aycock Auditorium as part of the Department of Dance Faculty Artists’ Concert.

“The main idea that informs ‘Sociography’ is the idea of combining input from the performers, the perceivers, and the site of the work to create the work, moment-to-moment in performance  The work is not rehearsed in the usual manner; particular movements have not been created, learned, practiced, and set into any kind of order that is repeated each time,” Lavender explains. “Instead, the performers will engage with Mr. Drew’s works and with the other people who are there and collect, so to speak, images, ideas, and movements to use in the work. I see this approach as a way of honoring Mr. Drew’s artistic ideas and methods by applying them in a certain way to movement.”

The exhibition officially opens Feb. 6.