The Noguchi Museum’s collection installation Noguchi: Body-Space Devices is reconfigured as a set for Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release, a performance-based collaboration with artist Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979), as part of his ongoing autobiographical series exploring the roots of his vocabulary of movement.
Dancers interact with six “training devices” that Fernandes modeled on the Rocking Chair that Isamu Noguchi created for Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring (1944), as well as with Noguchi’s sculptures throughout the installation.
The six dancers who perform Contract and Release are: Héctor Cerna, Violetta Komyshan, Victor Lozano, Tiffany Mangulabnan, Oisín Monaghan, and Amy Saunder. Costumes by Rad Hourani. Scaffolding by and exhibition design developed with Norman Kelley. Training devices fabricated by Jason Lewis. Works by Brendan Fernandes are courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.