In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and demands that they be accommodated in the workplace. The measure came 26 years after the Civil Rights Act, which set down landmark laws against discrimination based on gender, race, and religion, among other factors. To commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Whitney Museum of Art and the High Line have invited Heidi Latsky Dance, a modern dance company that includes with people with disabilities, to perform in their spaces.
“On Display” is the 11-year-old troupe’s latest production and will be staged along the High Line and at the Whitney’s outdoor galleries, which jut out from the glass museum’s many floors. For the performance, dancers will configure their bodies to mimic a sculpture court, which is generally found in the patios of museums — except the sculptures are generally made from materials like metal or stone. The piece, which celebrates diverse body types, is conceived as a “commentary on the body as spectacle and society’s obsession with body image.”
When: Friday, July 28, 7–8:30pm
Where: The High Line (Gansevoort Street and 10th Ave, Meatpacking District, Manhattan) and floors six, even, and eight of the outdoor galleries at the Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort St, Meatpacking District, Manhattan).
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