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January-April 2023

Los Angeles, CA

Simone Forti is the first exhibition on the West Coast to explore the monumental career of visionary artist Simone Forti in depth. Forti is perhaps best known as a choreographer, which the exhibition will highlight with weekly performances of her groundbreaking Dance Constructions, featuring a cast of Los Angeles-based artists and creatives. At the same time, Forti can more expansively be understood as an artist who works with movement; looking beyond the Dance Constructions, this exhibition surveys six decades of the artist’s incisive work, elucidating the breadth and depth of her practice through works on paper, videos, holograms, and performance ephemera and documentation. Featuring work from the 1960s through to the present day, Simone Forti is an homage to a towering artist who has forever reframed the dialogue between visual art and contemporary dance. 

Dance Constructions are performed by Loay Al Derazi, Rodrigo Arruda, Alan Duff Berman, Miles Brenninkmeijer, John Brutle, Kyla Carter, Milka Djordjevich, Alexsa Durrans, Gabriela Enciso, Jennifer Galipo, Abriel Gardner, Chelsea Gaspard, Peter Kalisch, Zoe Rappaport, Kim Schnaubert, Michelle Sui, devika wickremesinghe, and Melina Wilcox. Instruction by Carmela Hermann Dietrich. Performance Coordination by Sarah Swenson. 

Simone Forti is organized by Rebecca Lowery, Associate Curator, and Alex Sloane, Associate Curator,
with Jason Underhill, Guest Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 


“Her work isn't really about dance in the traditional sense, where there's a start and a finish, and we're passive audience members...It's really about movement, and how movement almost can help us understand the world and our own bodies and the relationship to other people.” -Lindsay Preston Zappas, founder and editor-in-chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles

“When I was in my 20s, we were asking some basic questions, not just dancers, but visual artists and writers too.
What are we doing?  Why do we do it? What forms can it take? In dance, we found we were not looking at our ancestors and our work had to be more conceptional because there wasn’t a format that we could fill.  We had to invent what the format would be whether that be for painting or language or movement.” - Simone Forti



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