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Moody Center for the Arts

Tacita Dean: Craneway Event

Saturday, Jun. 1, 2019 – Saturday, Jul. 13, 2019

Tacita Dean, Craneway Event, 2009, 16mm anamorphic film, optical sound, 108 minutes, film still_4

A film made with and about Merce Cunningham

Craneway Event is a 16mm film portrait of the legendary dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and his dance company by the British-European artist Tacita Dean (b. 1965). Presented on the occasion of Cunningham’s 100th Anniversary in tandem with a worldwide re-consideration of his work, Dean’s film invites the viewer to enter Cunningham’s creative universe, as dancers convene for rehearsal in an abandoned Ford assembly plant in Richmond, California. The architectural space, scaled for cranes, is a dramatic backdrop for the careful observations of both artist and choreographer. Culled from hours of footage, the portrait features Cunningham as a contemplative artist in the twilight of his career, physically diminished by age, yet creatively flourishing through his work.

Known for her film portraits of iconic artists such as Cy Twombly, David Hockney and Mario Merz, Dean presents a visually stunning profile of one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century through the lens of a lush technology. Dean makes a visually compelling case for the preservation and revitalization of 16mm film through her stunning depiction of a great artist at work.

Screenings daily at 10:15am, 12:30pm, and 3pm.

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Hours change based on exhibition.
  • Free Hours: Always free and open to the public. Closed Sundays, Mondays, University Holidays, and during installation periods. Please check our website to confirm an exhibition is on view before planning your visit.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • The Moody Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Rice University, and is best reached by using Campus Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Street. As you enter campus, the building is on the right, just past the Media Center. There is a dedicated parking lot adjacent to the building. Payment for the Moody Lot is by credit card only. Maps are available at rice.edu/maps

Special Offers / Dining

Moody Cafe
Enjoy a coffee, beverage, or light bite to eat at the Moody Cafe, operated by Salento. The Cafe is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-2pm; visitors are also invited to use the laptop bar overlooking the Central Gallery (with free wi-fi) during open hours.

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