Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark – Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, NY 1970s – – Barbican

Today is the last day of the new exhibition in Barbican – Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, NY 1970s.

This exhibition examines the multidisciplinary approaches taken by tree key figures in the burgeoning art scene in downtown New York during the 1970s.

Laurie Anderson – performance artist and musician

Trisha Brown – choreographer

Gordon Matta-Clark – artist


We reach the place during the “Floor of the forest” (Trisha Brown) performance.

That performance takes place on a structure comprised of ropes threaded with articles of clothing hanging from a steel frame. Two dancers dress and undress their way through this sculptural grid – “a normally vertical activity performed horizontally”.

(barbican leaflet)

There was still some time to the next performance that we wanted to see, so we decided to see the rest of the exhibition in the meantime.

I like very much “Splitting” (Gordon Matta-Clark) so was quite excited to see the four upper corners of the split house.

Gordon Matta-Clark was an American artist best known for his site-specific artworks he made in the 1970s. He is famous for his “building cuts,” a series of works in abandoned buildings in which he variously removed sections of floors, ceilings, and walls.


Beautiful section of the house.



He documented the cuts he made and assembled some of the mages into photographic collages.






Laurie Anderson is an influential American experimental performance artist, composer and musician.

Inspired by the way vibrations travelled from her electric typewriter, through her desk and up her arms Anderson’s interactive sculpture “the handphone table” can be activated by viewer when seated with elbows on the table and hands on ears. A fragment of recorded poetry travels from the table, through the hands and into the ears, which act as a pair of headphones.

(barbican leaflet)

And then last last performance what we have seen was ” walking on the wall” by Trisha Brown.

Trisha Brown – American dancer and choreographer whose avant-garde and postmodernist work explores and experiments in pure movement, with and without the accompaniments of music and traditional theatrical space.



In this performance I thing the view point had a big meaning.

The best experiences were when the viewer stand in front of the wall on the upper floor .



I also love the “It’s a Draw/Live Feed” – with chalk between her fingers and toes she documented movements on paper.

Here you can watch how she dance and draw:




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