Robert Wilson

147 Spring Street Byrd Loft

October 1 – October 29, 2011
521 W 21st Street

NEW YORK—The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present 147 SPRING STREET BYRD LOFT, an exhibition focusing on early performance works by Robert Wilson. The exhibition explores the years 1967-1975, a dynamic period during which Wilson created radically alternative performances inspired by new approaches to movement and theater. Byrd Loft was conceived by Wilson as a performance and educational space with the intention “to find and to make situations where people of varied backgrounds, interests, and capabilities can come together to develop their own individuality and talents, and contribute their efforts in group situations.”1 Included in the exhibition are archival records, ephemera, drawings, sculpture and video of Baby Blood (1967 - the first performance at the loft), Poles (‘68 – an outdoor commission created for children), as well as The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud (‘69), Deafman Glance (‘71), KA MOUNTAIN (‘72), The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin (‘73) and A Letter for Queen Victoria (‘74). These early works established Wilson as a leader in Manhattan’s burgeoning avant-garde and were to have a lasting influence on contemporary theater and performance art.For more information and images, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105;

1. Byrd Hoffman Foundation Inc. prospectus, 1969, p. 7

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