The New York City Ballet Art Series uses the artistry of dance and the energy of the NYCB company to inspire original commissions from contemporary artists. In previous years, they have collaborated with emerging artists, FAILE and JR to create ballet-inspired pieces for the David H. Koch Theater lobby space.
This year, the Art Series continues on with the work of Brooklyn artist Dustin Yellin. Yellin is best known for his large-scale, multi-layered collage glass sculptures. Inspired by the dancers Yellin has created massive “3,000 pound microscope slide pieces, called “Pyschogeographies” with humans trapped inside (made up of cut up books and magazines), portraying movement – a beautiful dance trapped inside glass.
When speaking of the pieces Dustin says,”the idea that all of your memories are stuck inside of your bone marrow and if you could somehow open that up so that everyone could see it…”
Sculpture and dance meet themselves this month at the ballet…
The exhibit will be on view at all performances through March 1, with a special free public viewing period February 12-22 (Sunday 10 AM -1 PM, Monday-Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM – 12 PM).
You can buy $29 tickets for the three NYCB Art Series performances on February 12, February 19, and February 27. Guests to the Art Series will also receive a limited-edition takeaway created by Yellin.
The New York City Ballet is really upping the ante with their Art Series. Last year they collaborated with the NYC based Duo, FAILE – tickets for those performances sold out within days.
This year shouldn’t be any different now that they’ve released word of their partnership with the French Artist, JR. The sheer power of JR’s popularity and his broad influence on his social media following should make this project an instant hit.
The special installation for the art series will be seen during the ballet performances on January 23rd, and February 7th & 13th. The advance tickets are gone, but keep checking the NYC Ballet website for updates. Don’t forget to link up with JR’s Instagram to see photos from the project as they’re released.
The New York City Ballet commissioned this AMAZING four-story high, 2,500 box installation piece from FAILE the Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The pallets and pieces of the installation are wood and very much part of an interactive show. Audience members for the Feb 1st and May 29th shows will receive a limited-edition work made specifically for this event.
I love FAILE’S statement on the project, “If they’re the ballet then we’re the New York City. It’s a bit of mixing the grime with the glamour…wrestling with the beauty & the beast. It’s taking these two elements and pushing them together.”
Special gallery hours to see the work are February 10-17th.
*pics via The Wooster Collective but you can see some great behind the scenes shots from the FAILE site. And of course order your tickets for the New York Ballets Art Series here.