Brown pushed the limits of both dance and art through her exploration of movement accompanied with innovative stage sets. Two- and three-dimensional elements become animated through time, light and motion in her lively work. By 1979, she was creating large-scale theatrical pieces. Her extensive body of work is documented in this show through drawings, paintings, photographs, costumes, video clips, interviews, props and installations.
The exhibit includes a special screening room to view films of Browns major works. A key piece, Glacial Decoy, mark her first collaboration with Rauschenburg, who did the lighting, costumes and video installation. Rauschenburgs images from popular culture will be projected onto the bodies of visitors as they pass through the installation in a style imitating the original projections on the dancers bodies. Floor of the Forest (1970) is being performed within the exhibiton space by dance students from the University of Washington and Cornish College for the Arts. A sculptural stage prop built for the dance piece remains a prominent visual work when the dancers are absent.
Brown and members of her company will be in residence at UW and present a series of lectures as well as a fully staged performance.