As part of the Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists (A.i.A.’s August issue), we preview the 2016-17 season of museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to offering their own top picks, our editors asked select artists, curators and collectors to identify the shows they are looking forward to. Here, Ralph Lemon talks about Sibyl Kempson.
“I recommend seeing ‘12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens,’ an extended project at the Whitney Museum by experimental playwright Sibyl Kempson and various collaborators. An accumulative event, it consists of twelve one-day performances occurring around the time of the solstices and the equinoxes over a period of three years. It’s a bold commitment by the Whitney, especially to a text-based performance genre.
“Kempson’s theatrical writing, her plays, if you want to call them that, are anarchic scripted actions, destablizing the framework of even experimental theater. I recently saw her Fondly, Collette Richland (2015) performed and directed by members of the ensemble Elevator Repair Service. Both philosophical and delirious, with rapidly shifting epochs and geographies, the piece seemed to completely disrupt the headlong momentum that the innovative group is known for. Yeah, keep tearing down those walls—and the Whitney will thrive.”
“12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens” takes place on the solstices and equinoxes, 2016–18, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, writer, and visual artist.