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Trisha Brown: Drawing on Land and Air

Trisha Brown portrait


January 12 – March 3, 2007

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The Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for 35 years. In addition to dance, Brown is known for her work in the visual arts, including improvisational works combining dance and drawing, and collaborations with artists including Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Laurie Anderson and Terry Winters. Trisha Brown: Drawing on Land and Air will present Brown’s new improvisational drawings, a selection of collaborative works with artists, and new prints commissioned by Graphicstudio.



Trisha Brown, Revolution, 2006. Edition: 35. Softground etching with relief roll, 25 1/2” x 22” paper size. Published by USF Graphicstudio, photo: Will Lytch


The most widely acclaimed choreographer to emerge from the postmodern era, Trisha Brown came to public notice in the 1960s as part of the "dance revolution" at New York City's Judson Dance Theater.  After founding her company in 1970, she continued pushing the limits of choreography and creating works for alternative spaces including rooftops and walls, and flirting with gravity – alternately using it and defying it, a theme that recurs throughout her work.  She soon began exploring more complex movements within traditional settings.  Her work with Robert Rauschenberg and Laurie Anderson, Set and Reset, established her as a leader among choreographers for the stage, launching the work that has followed: stagings of full operas and chamber pieces (L' Orfeo, Luci Mie Traditrici, Schubert's Winterreise, Da Gelo a Gelo), as well as pure dances set to classical and contemporary scores.  Recently, she has concerned herself with narrative in dance and with interactive media.  The first woman choreographer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she has been awarded many other honors including Brandeis University’s Creative Arts Medal in Dance, two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, New York State Governor’s Arts Award, and the National Medal of Arts.  In 1988, she was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France.  She was elevated to Officier in 2000 and then to the level of Commandeur in December 2004.  Set & Reset is currently included in the baccalaureate curriculum for French students pursuing dance studies.  She was a 1994 recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, has been named a Veuve Clicquot Grand Dame.  She served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994 to 1997.  She has received numerous honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


The Trisha Brown project at USF is made possible by the Members and Corporate Partners of the USF Institute for Research in Art, and is supported in part with the assistance of the Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.