York University celebrates Yvonne Rainer

By Brittany Duggan

On April 6th, York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts celebrated legendary dance and film artist Yvonne Rainer for her influential five decades of dance and film as part of the 2010 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute. The day included screenings of three of Rainer’s feature-length films, a short dance/text film, as well as a silent record of her seminal dance piece, Trio A, and resolved in conversation with Rainer and three York scholars: choreographer Holly Small and filmmakers Brenda Longfellow and Kay Armatage. In her welcoming remarks, Dean Barbara Sellers-Young commented on this year’s theme, “Where is the Medium”, as recognizing artists, like Rainer, who do not create in isolation. Sellers-Young also noted the faculty’s wish to include more disciplines in the future. This event, in particular, was the first Summer Institute to combine visual art and media and was organized by John Greyson, associate professor in the department of film at York. The day-long event was housed in the Nat Taylor Cinema on York’s Keele Campus.

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