Ralph Lemon

A Paradance: The inherent protest and émigré nature
of performance (and how it could belong nowhere)

Thu, Oct 6
FIAF, Tinker Auditorium

Ralph Lemon is Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation. Lemon builds teams of collaborating artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, countries and artistic disciplines, and each brings their own history and aesthetic voices to the work. Projects develop over a period of years, with public sharings of work-in-progress, culminating in artworks derived from the artistic, cultural, historic, and emotional material uncovered in this rigorous creative research process.

In 2005, Lemon concluded The Geography Trilogy, a decade-long international research and performance project exploring the "conceptual materials" of race, history, memory, and the creative practice. The project featured three dance/theater performances: Geography (1997), Tree (2000), and Come home Charley Patton (2004); two Internet art projects; several gallery exhibitions; the publication of two books by Wesleyan University Press, with a third to be published in 2011. Other recent projects include the three-DVD set of The Geography Trilogy; a web-installation (www.ralphlemon.net); a 2009 multimedia performance commission for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Rescuing the Princess; and Lemon’s most recent multimedia project How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?

Lemon was one of fifty artists to receive the inaugural United States Artists Fellowship in 2006. He has received two Bessie Awards (NY Dance and Performance), a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Prize for Choreography, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2004 Fellowship with the Bellagio Study and Conference Center. In 1999, Lemon was honored with the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts. Lemon has been artist-in-residence at Temple University in Philadelphia (2005–06); George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Artist at the Krannert Center (2004); and a Fellow of the Humanities Council and Program in Theater and Dance at Princeton University (2002).  From 1996–2000, he was Associate Artist at Yale Repertory Theatre. Most recently he was an IDA fellow at Stanford University.

Lemon’s solo visual art exhibitions include: How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2010); (the efflorescence of) Walter, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2008), The Kitchen, New York (2007) and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2006); The Geography Trilogy, Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (2001); Temples, Margaret Bodell Gallery, New York (2000); and Geography, Art Awareness, Lexington, New York (1997).  Group exhibitions include: Move: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2010-11) and The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, NC.  In January 2011, Lemon performed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in conjunction with the exhibition, On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century



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Camille Laurens
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