Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol
The spring season at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University features an historic exhibition of works by Rosalyn Drexler, an exploration of Israeli dance composer Noa Eshkol’s extraordinary work, and a multimedia installation by Ben Hagari.
In the exhibition, SHARON LOCKHART/NOA ESHKOL, Los Angeles-based artist Sharon Lockhart explores the extraordinary work of Noa Eshkol (1924–2007), the Israeli dance composer, theorist, and textile artist whose achievements include the development in the 1950s of a revolutionary movement notation system that categorized movements of the body through numbers and symbols. Although the two women never met—Lockhart only discovered Eshkol’s work during a 2008 trip to Israel—the project is conceived as a two-person exhibition, highlighting a fascinating artistic convergence between past and present, as a contemporary artist activates the work of a modernist composer through her archive.
Collaborating with Eshkol’s students as well as a newer generation of dancers, Lockhart staged and filmed performances of Eshkol’s choreography in a minimal, gallery-like setting punctuated only by Eshkol’s remarkable wall carpets, rotated from dance to dance like elements in a stage set. In the final multi-channel video installation, films of five different dances are projected simultaneously on freestanding walls, allowing visitors to reflect upon their own movement as they traverse the exhibition space.
Organized by Rose Curator Kim Conaty, Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol was first presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.