The American dancer Loïe Fuller (1862–1928) captivated fin-de-siècle Paris with her new form of dance consisting of multimedia spectacles of fabric, motion, and light. With her swirling costumes and specially engineered illuminations, she was a favorite subject of such visual artists as Jules Chéret and his followers Pal and Georges Meunier, whose depictions of her are featured in the exhibition Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: Degas to Mucha.
Jody Sperling, founder and artistic director of Time Lapse Dance, is internationally regarded as the leading exponent of Fuller’s genre of modern dance; she also choreographed the 2016 film La danseuse about Fuller. Join Sperling in conversation with exhibition curator Elizabeth C. Childs, Etta and Mark Steinberg Professor of Art History and chair of the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, followed by an unforgettable Loïe Fuller–inspired performance.
Samuel Joshua Beckett (British, 1870–1940), Loïe Fuller Dancing, c. 1900. Gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 1/4". Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Purchase; Mrs. Walter Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2005.