Sarah Hamill’s recent talk at the museum on how and why David Smith’s photographs matter inspired this comparison. Consider the photographs below of the museum’s Bouquet of Concaves (1959). The photo on the left was was taken by Smith; the one on the right one wasn’t.
David Smith’s study of moving forms and dancers, in particular choreographer Martha Graham, served as the inspiration for the recent public program–Making Shapes in Space: David Smith and Dance. Kelly Mayfield, artistic director of Contradiction Dance, choreographed a response to the energy and movement of the sculptures in David Smith Invents.
Compare the company’s interpretation of Bouquet of Concaves to the sculpture in the Phillips. What’s your take on this cross-disciplinary collaboration?
If you’re interested in more photos from the performance, check out our Flickr set.