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Lauri Stallings: the room for tender choreographies

Jul 18, 2017 - Sep 9, 2017
11am - 5pm

This round of Working Artist Project was curated by René Morales, Curator, Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida.

the room for tender choreographies is a site-based show and meditation on choreography at the intersection of what is social, political, timely, and sincere, that brings together a constellations of people, installations, and experimentation.

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Artist Lauri Stallings joins forces with glo and women and children from various towns across Georgia to unveil the room for tender choreographies, a site-based show and meditation on choreographies at the intersection of what is social, political, timely and sincere.

The cornerstone of the project will be the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, July 15 at 6:30pm. Stallings has constructed a relational map for Georgia children, women and glo moving artists, that will activate the cavern-like gallery space of MOCA GA with movement, hymns, music and spirituality. All concepts generated for this project emerged through the process of mixing.

Alongside the daily civic actions (below) offered during all regular museum hours of the 8-week exhibition, glo is thrilled to bring you a series of nighttime HAPPENINGS outside of exhibition hours, and free and public. A happening is an event for any size crowd highlighting critical dialogue, common ideas, and rigorous experimentation with some of our platform’s most dynamic people.

Dance of the Not-Yet: Friday, September 8
NEW TIME! 8pm 
Stallings reveals 5 movement drawings made in the gallery over her 8-week residency, performed in the conceptual space of forever time by glo moving artists, in the dark.

Community Builder: we like to work hard, September 9
NEW TIME! 3pm 
Conversation that brings together women voices from communities in Georgia where Stallings’ work exists. Topics for discussion include migration, spirituality and belief, outside artists, and what does rural Georgia preservation look like. Moderated by Atlanta writer Cynthia Perry.

Performing Archives: Thursday, July 20 at 7pm
Live performance exploring relationships between motions in drawing and gestures in movement, by women visual artists in MOCA GA archives, Susan Cofer, Maria Artemis and glo moving artists.

OFF SITE EVENT At Edgewood and Boulevard
MIGRATION: Saturday, July 29 at 8:35pm 
Stallings enlists migration to pose central questions about ownership of a museum’s collection. MOCA GA is supporting with a temporary off-site glo installation in a public space.

Dance in the space as long as you’d like: Friday, August 25 at 8pm
Get down with community, museum staff, and glo.


Daily Civic Actions

people Movement SHOPS
For those who love to move and those who wish to love to move, no athletic or dance training necessary, all ages and backgrounds welcome.
Tuesday and Saturday, 11am-12:30pm

Making Days: paper doves
Interactive art making paper doves, exploring identity and migration. The public adds to the pile of birds over the 8-week exhibition. all ages and backgrounds welcome.
Wednesday and Saturday, 3-4pm

Experience the choreography process with Lauri and glo moving artists. All ages and backgrounds welcome.
Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-2:30pm, 3:30-5pm

Yoga, meditation, soft movement. All ages and backgrounds welcome.
Wednesday, 11am-12:30pm

Singing CHOIR
Add your voice to the exhibition anthem. In these intimate sessions with glo, we will create rhythms,
write lyrics, and sing softly. The anthem will be revealed to the public at the closing event. All ages and backgrounds welcome.
Saturday, 12:30-2pm

glo moving artists occupies the gallery.
Saturday, 11-5pm

About Lauri Stallings

Artist Lauri Stallings has fostered an expanded practice that includes public choreographies, place building, green economy and co-dreaming with many communities. Stallings works as an artist, and organizer and her projects aim to manifest live art activities and strategies that advance the idea of public as a genesis and subject for spatial and spiritual change. Stallings has described her work as a migration of body language, ancestral ritual, and civic actions- with collaborators such as preservationists, farmers, and performers- deeply committed to experimentation.

Originally trained as a ballet dancer, Stallings shifted the focus of her practice in 2008 in order to address more directly the immediate social, economic, and cultural needs of the American South. She is the founder of the nonprofit glo platform, a unique hybrid activating the intersection between movement, historic preservation, community development, and spirituality. Stallings graduated from Point Park University cum laude in performing arts. She has participated in national and international art exhibitions and shows since 2006. In 2015, Stallings was artist-in-residence at Georgia Institute of Technology. She as a Rome Prize nominee from the American Academy of Arts in 2011, and a Bogliaso Fellow at Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in 2010. She served as resident choreographer of Atlanta Ballet from 2006 through 2008. Stallings is a 2017 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Fellow, and she is a finalist for the 2018 Hudgens Prize.

Stallings creations have been exhibited and performed in Central Park in New York City; Art Basel Miami, South Beach; National Center for Civil and Human Rights; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; City Center, New York City; Atlanta Symphony Hall; Trinity Laban, London; Atlanta Contemporary; Augsburg Opera Haus, Germany, among others. Lauri thrives in bi-medium collaborations that defy ideological conventions, including Maestro Robert Spano, Big Boi and the Dungeon Family, and artist Daniel Arsham. Stallings is the inaugural recipient of Emory University’s Creativity and Arts Award, and Flux Projects public art grant. She has received awards and grants from Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Time, Chicago Music & Dance Alliance, Atlanta Beltline Urban Development, and Artadia.

Stallings was born and raised on the Eastside of Gainesville, Florida. In 2012, Stallings older brother died of complications to AIDS, and to date the artist considers his passing as her most important education. Stallings makes all of her work in a 118-year old factory space at The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta.

Photographs by Jonathan Playfair

Photographs by Jan Traynor


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