Triple Canopy: Pattern Masters

Sunday 12 July, 2015
5 - 7pm, $8

Whitney Museum
99 Gansevoort Street

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Triple Canopy previews an issue devoted to standards and standardization with performances by artists Lucy Raven, Jen Liu, and David Horvitz with Susie Ibarra. 

Raven narrates episodes from the history of the standardization of filmic images. She connects forms of production initiated half a century ago by the American military and today’s efforts to regulate the appearance of movies cobbled together by technicians around the world.

Liu debuts a performance that mines the standardized movements of women’s bodies in Chinese propaganda ballets of the Cultural Revolution and of workers in contemporary meatpacking plants. Through choreography and animation, Liu asks if the gestures performed by factory workers and butchers might be understood as meaningless repetition or as a passage to social harmony.

Horvitz presents a musical instrument made from a number of hourglasses, antique containers for minutes and hours. Percussionist and composer Ibarra uses this instrument to make time resonate, bend, decay, and recur, prompted by Horvitz’s evocation of moments that can more easily be sounded than measured or calendarized.

This program is produced in collaboration with the Education Department, Whitney Museum of American Art.


Lucy Raven is an artist who works with animation, installation, sound, and the live format of the illustrated lecture. Her films and installations have been shown internationally, most recently in solo exhibitions at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York; Portikus, Frankfurt; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She is cofounder, with Victoria Brooks and Evan Calder Williams, of Thirteen Black Cats, a research and production collective. She currently lives and works in New York and teaches at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts.

Jen Liu is a visual artist working in performance, video, painting, and installation. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts and at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She has presented work at The Sculpture Center, On Stellar Rays, and Issue Project Room, New York; the Aspen Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; MUSAC, Leon; Royal Academy and ICA in London; Kunsthaus Zurich; and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. In 2013 Liu's installation Melon Mysticism for Everyone, was affixed to the Manhattan Bridge in New York. She was included in the 2014 Shanghai Biennial. Liu lives and works in New York.

David Horvitz is a half-Japanese, Californian artist who lives in Brooklyn. He has recently had solo exhibitions at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; the New Museum, New York; Jan Mot, Brussels; Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw; Peter Amby, Copenhagen; Statements, Art Basel; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and Chert, Berlin. He has realized projects with Recess, Clocktower Gallery, post at MoMA, Printed Matter, Rhizome, and Triple Canopy. Recent artist books include Stolen Spoons (2015; Pork Salad Press); The Distance of a Day (2013; Motto Books and Chert); and Sad, Depressed, People (2012; New Documents). He received the Rema Hort Mann Grant in 2011. He founded Porcino gallery in Berlin in 2013.

Susie Ibarra is a composer, percussionist, and educator who creates live and immersive music that explores rhythm, indigenous practices, and interactions with the natural world. She is cofounder of the digital music company Song of the Bird King, which emphasizes the cultural preservation of indigenous music and its ecology. Ibarra’s recent work includes Circadian Rhythms, commissioned by Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and We Float, commissioned by the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York. Ibarra is a faculty member at Bennington College, where she teaches percussion and performance at the Center for Advancement in Public Action.

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