Columbia College Chicago

Kyra Peterson presents The Artist’s Body

In conjunction with Over & Over, currently on view at the Glass Curtain Gallery, Kyra Peterson presents: The Artist’s Body, an exploration of repetitive forms that interrogate the relationship between post-modern dance movement and performance art—where these forms intersect and where there is room for the boundaries of these forms to mesh.

This exhibition presents two works which extract nuanced movements of an average person, illuminating their relationship to the formal elements of visual art.

“6HRS” features six concrete slabs all approximately two feet-by-three feet and three inches deep created by sitting and repositioning the body on top of cement as it hardens over the course of an hour. Looking into the subtleties of everyday body movements and the act of repositioning the body, each one of these concrete slabs is a document of this movement, hosting the relief of impulsive weight shifts.

“to shrug like silk” is a solo work choreographed and performed by Peterson projected onto three screens. This work was constructed through improvisational techniques investigating the same formal elements of visual art (form, line, shape, space, texture, tone, and color) within the body. These two pieces showcase the culmination of three years of research in correspondence with the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and were created during a semester long independent study as a part of her thesis for Columbia College Chicago’s Dance Department.

Artist's Bio: Kyra Peterson is a visual and performative artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, studying for a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College Chicago under the Presidential scholarship. She recently received the Albert P. Weisman award for her work in dance film and presented her project “Sense” at EXPO CHICAGO 2017. Through many mediums, Peterson’s work looks to bring elements of visual fine art to the body and the body to the fine arts. Focusing on an explorative improvisational practice, she touches at the duality of human nature and how we perceive everyday forms.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Conaway Center
1104 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60605

Event Type

Exhibition, Exhibit


Students, Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS)




Contact Name

Mark Porter

Contact Email

Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity