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4.12 / Rewind

March 26 2013

Introduction

March 26, 2013. Somewhere between the crosshatched, imagined utopias of Lebbeus Woods and the fan-shaped concrete edifice of the UC Berkeley Art Museum (BAM/PFA) lies the space where history can "rewrite itself into the future,” as Ellen Tani quotes New Museum director Lisa Phillips in her review of 1993. Woods conjured a vision for architecture that allowed the tumult of the present to intervene in his forms, so that one could perceive the human capacity to resist or create. In February, the legendary dancer Anna Halprin reprised the dance Parade and Changes at BAM/PFA, heralding the pending closure of that building while simultaneously recalling the museum's inception. The accordion-like collapse and expansion of history that Woods and Halprin wrought is what 1993 strives to enact, but as Tani notes, it is difficult to periodize a moment defined by historical slipperiness. To what extent can we ever grasp it? Enjoy.—PM

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Interview with Anna Halprin, Part 1

Interview with Anna Halprin, Part 1

By Bad at Sports

I’ll never forget that because it was so shocking.The woman threw the lantern against a scaffold, and it just shattered. Then she ran up the aisle, banged into a door, fell backward, recovered, and off she went. That was the end of the performance. Ten years later, a man referred to that and thought it was part of the performance.

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