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BMW Tate Live Exhibition Sylvia Palacios Whitman with Christopher Rauschenberg

Sylvia Palacios Whitman performing Green Hands 1977. Photo: Babette Mangolte

UK debut of Chilean-American artist Sylvia Palacios Whitman

A contemporary of Joan Jonas, Sylvia Palacios Whitman creates fantastical live images that exaggerate the everyday through their simple actions and deadpan humour. She studied painting and sculpture at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago before moving to New York in 1960. From 1970 to 1973 she danced with Trisha Brown and The Trisha Brown Dance Company. Between 1974 and 1984 she staged her own performances in downtown Manhattan, and in museum spaces, including the Whitney Museum and Guggenheim Museum in New York and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

In an evening of performance titled Around the Edge, eight key works from this experimental period are presented at Tate Modern: Human Paper Coil; Cup and Tail; Cat’s Cradle; Mummies; Negatives; Cloud; Green Hands, and Elephant Trunk. Palacios Whitman will also present the premiere of Crossing Roads, a new work, created and performed in collaboration with photographer Christopher Rauschenberg.

On display throughout Ten Days Six Nights is Jonas’s Reanimation 2010/12/13: a mesmerizing installation scored by Jason Moran presented in the East Tank. On view in the Transformer galleries are three important early works by Jonas: Cones/May Windows (After Mirage) 1976/2011; Stage Sets 1977, and the video Wind 1968. The Tanks foyer hosts a newly commissioned installation and performances by Jumana Emil Abboud that draw on Palestinian folklore and fairy tales.


19.00 Installations open
20.00 Sylvia Palacios Whitman: Around the Edge
23.00 Installations close

Tate Modern

The Tanks

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

23 March 2018 at 19.00–22.00

Please arrive promptly for the performance. Latecomers will not be admitted.



See the Joan Jonas exhibition with a combined performance and exhibition ticket. (Exhibition ticket valid until 5 August 2018 on visits during normal opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 10.00-18.00, Friday & Saturday 10.00-22.00.)

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