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Simone Forti
High Line Art Talk

May 23, 2012
7:00 PM



The Standard, New York
High Line Room
848 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014

Legendary artist and dancer Simone Forti (b. 1935) talks about her experimental dance practice in anticipation of Huddle, her performance on the High Line on Thursday, May 24.

Known for her interest in chance operations and natural movements, Forti was involved in early happenings with Robert Whitman and studied dance with Anna Halprin, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham.

Simone Forti

Simone Forti (b. 1935, Italy) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent performances include “Simone Forti: King’s Fool,” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); “Platform 2012: Judson Now,” at Danspace Project, New York (2012); and “New Animation Improvisations” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012), among many others. She came of age as a dancer in the 1950s during her study with Anna Halperin in San Francisco. In 1959 she moved to New York, where she studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. Forti is considered one of several key figures in the minimalist dance movement. During this time she joined the Judson Church Dance Theater, and developed a series of happenings with her husband, Robert Whitman. Forti is also known for her musical collaborations in the 1960s and 1970s with La Monte Young and Yoko Ono. Forti has received the Lester Horton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dance Recourse Center of Los Angeles, numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California Los Angeles, and continues to perform and teach workshops around the world.


Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects that take place on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art has been showcasing a wide array of artworks including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a series of billboard interventions. High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

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