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Trisha Brown features in Downtown New York exhibition

Posted on October 5, 2010

Next spring, the Barbican Art Gallery presents Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s.

Choreographer Trisha Brown was part of a New York art community that included performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson and artist Gordon Matta-Clark. The city was on the verge of bankruptcy in the 1970s, with the disappearance of major industries and a withdrawal of public services. Artists took over derelict spaces to make and exhibit their work. The exhibition focuses on this community, featuring sculptures, drawings, documentation of performances and mixed media works, with a daily programme of gallery-based performances by dancers, musicians and other artists. The exhibition runs from March 3–May 22, 2011.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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