Expanding Universe | Lecture & Dance Demonstration

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

In 1932, Isamu Noguchi, dancer and choreographer Ruth Page, and their friend the futurist R. Buckminster Fuller became captivated by Edwin Hubble’s discovery that our universe is an expanding, amorphous mass. Obsessed with this idea, Page assumed the role of “Miss Expanding Universe.” Noguchi made a sculpture with that title, an aluminum figure with outstretched arms and legs meant to hang from the ceiling, and Page choreographed a dance called Expanding Universe, for which Noguchi designed two royal blue, wool jersey sack dresses.

 

Following a 2013 exhibition at The Noguchi Museum, Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page, the original sack dresses were discovered at The Chicago History Museum. Exhibition copies of the two dresses were subsequently commissioned by The Noguchi Museum for its collection. This presentation features Dakin Hart, Senior Curator at The Noguchi Museum, and Dr. Joellen Meglin, Ruth Page scholar, speaking about the sculptor and the choreographer and Meglin’s re-creation of Page’s dance. Former Martha Graham Dance Company member Jennifer Conley will pose as Miss Expanding Universe and perform an excerpt from the re-creation, costumed in the dresses.

 

RSVP required: publicprograms@noguchi.org. This program is free and coincides with Community Day, with free admission throughout the day.

 

Image: Jennifer Conley performing Ruth Page's Expanding Universe, reconstructed by Joellen Meglin, courtesy of the Ruth Page Foundation, 2017. Costume after the original by Isamu Noguchi. Photo: ©Julie Lemberger / JulieLemberger.com.