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The Art Institute of Chicago is one of six international art sites invited to transform the Centre National de la Danse into a living, ephemeral museum.

Offshore in Kingston, Cally Spooner © Lewis Ronald

Museums invite regularly choreographers to invest exhibition spaces throughout the world. If the museum space can host dance, can a space dedicated to dance host a museum? This is the challenge taken up by the Centre National de la danse (CN D) with its L'invitation aux musées taking place from Nov 10-Dec5, making all its spaces available to six international museums and art centers, including The Art Institute of Chicago that will present an exhibition (perfomances, sound installations, texts) by the artist Cally Spooner, Failed British Silver, curated by Hendrik Folkerts.This temporary show will feed Cally Spooner's next project, A Major deadline, an installation that will premiere at The Art Institute of Chicago in April 2019.

This invitation is part of an ongoing dialogue and collaborations between the CN D and Chicago’s cultural institutions at the initiative of the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.


Cally Spooner is an artist and writer operating in a space where references to books, theoretical treatises, films, pop songs or talk shows find arrangements in unsynchronized forms: live productions, film installations, choreography, sound, as well as fiction, readings, and scripts. Arriving from a training in Philosophy and landing somewhere between stable, formal compositions and ongoing, unresolved activity, her work prods and makes restless the hierarchies between those who hold power to manage bodies and thought, and those who do not. 

About the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. The Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, and across all historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, modern and contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. The Art Institute mounts more than 35 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis.

About the CN D

Created in 1998 at the instigation of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the Centre National de la Danse based in Pantin (at the gateways of Paris) is a unique place that brings together all of the resources connected with dance. The CN D is unique and original in that it brings together in one establishment a broad range of activities for professionals, from dance training to artistic support and career advice and assistance, while also appealing to the general public. At the CN D, spectators, artists, researchers, amateurs and professionals can take an advantage of a myriad of opportunities and discover how the creation, dissemination, training and transmission of a heritage can form the heart of an ambitious and open project thanks to the diverse professions involved. Under the impetus of its director general, Mathilde Monnier, the CN D has become an art centre where dance reasserts itself as the field of indiscipline par excellence, appropriating and constantly creatingf new links with other artistic fields.

 

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