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Artist Talk: Simone Forti—A Life in Art

April 9, 2014
Price Auditorium
$15 SCA members, $20 non–SCA members

The choreographer and movement artist Simone Forti (Italian American, born 1935) favors physical movements of the pedestrian and everyday over the stylized, virtuosic, and dramatic. Considered a key figure of the 1960s Minimalist movement, many of Forti’s “dance constructions” have a physical and sculptural presence much like Minimalist sculpture, utilizing surrounding space to empower subtle, physical forms. Influenced by her studies with Anna Halprin and her involvement with the Judson Dance Theater, Forti's practice combines improvised movements, chance occurrences, spoken word narratives, and motion studios of animals. An Art in America review explains, “Rather than replacing one sensation or action with another, Forti positions her materials—whether they are images, sounds, words, or movement—atop and among each other, constantly willing her audience to notice itself noticing, and through this, to accept the magic of being in between.”

Simone Forti currently lives and works in California. She is an assistant professor in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA. The Museum der Moderne Salzburg will hold a retrospective exhibition of Forti's work later this year. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna; Hayward Gallery, London; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She has received six National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Dance Theater Workshop’s New York Dance and Performance Award for Sustained Achievement, the Lester Horton Lifetime Achievement Award, the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts, and a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of Handbook in Motion (1974) and Oh, Tongue (2003) and writes regularly for the Contact Quarterly Dance Journal and the Movement Research Performance Journal.

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Simone Forti. Sleep Walkers. Photo by Jason Underhill.