Project Description

Supple Means of Connection

durational live art 

Supple Means of Connection marks the first durational live art to unfold in the Cousins galleries
and first choreographer as artist in residence at the Museum

The High Museum of Art has commissioned its first choreographer as artist in residence, glo founder Lauri Stallings, to create “Supple Means of Connection,” a new suite of live art designed for the Museum’s galleries. Stallings’ site-based work will inhabit the Cousins galleries from Aug. 3 through Sept. 8 during regular museum hours. In celebration of glo’s 10th anniversary, activations will begin on Thursday July 25, at 12:30 p.m. and continue on a rotating schedule leading up to the official opening.

A Rome Prize nominee and CREATIVE TIME artist, Stallings creates works of very diverse context, scale and textures. “Supple Means of Connection” will be both a gallery installation and a public artwork exploring themes of family, falling and maps with respect to women’s roles. Interrogating the infinite challenges of human co-existence—as well as the blurred lines between the fragility of the human body and the fragility of nature—Stallings mixes forms that defy the boundaries of genre and offers choreography as an invitation to collective action. The choreography will activate the Cousins galleries on the second level of the High’s Wieland Pavilion—relating and co-existing with installed neon art, text and mixed-media sculpture “trees”—and migrate to and from the galleries through other rarely habited spaces around the interior and exterior of the Museum. The shifting locations will ask the public to discover, lean under, peak through and part ways with traditional ways to view art, offering an alternative spatial experience of the Museum.

“…This partnership is uncharted, and very exciting, territory for us,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “This is the first time we’ve invited a choreographer and performance group to be in residence at the Museum and to use our Cousins exhibition galleries as their stage. We hope our visitors will enjoy embarking on this journey with us and experiencing our spaces in a whole new way. We can’t wait to see how the project unfolds.”

Since 2014, Stallings has worked with a core group of female moving artists from diverse backgrounds to construct her durational, live-art activations. For “Supple Means of Connection,” glo moving artists will be joined by an intergenerational and interracial group of local women and children, ages 9 to 90. Stallings will not appear in the work herself but will be conducting the live interventions. Along with glo’s migrating choreographies and movement choirs, the schedule of happenings includes: movement workshops twice a week in the Museum (open to all), “People Parades” exploring the High’s grassy campus and the songs and calls of birds on terraces and at entrances, post-activation artist conversations, and a ceremonial duet for two glo moving artists down the Robinson Atrium ramp on Friday evenings.

A schedule of activations for this six-week residency is available at www.high.org.

A first edition pocket glo map and dictionary by Dr. Paul Boshears and Candice Thompson will accompany the project.

SUPPORT
Project support for “Supple Means of Connection” has been generously provided by an artist’s residency at Pasaquan, with support from Columbus State University, Pasaquan Preservation Society and Georgia Council for the Arts. Major sponsorship for “Supple Means of Connection” has been generously provided by the Florence Biennale XII edition, with support from the regional council of Tuscany, Italy.

In-kind support has been generously provided by the Goat Farm Arts Center, Dewberry Foundation and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Major glo programming support for 2019 has been provided by MailChimp, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Community Foundation, with support from Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council, City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Goat Farm Arts Center and Lubo Fund.

dot_15pxDurational project

Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, September 8
all regular museum hours
Atlanta