|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 1986
LOVES OF A BALLERINA (a filmic installation)
DECEMBER 6, 1986 JANUARY 3, 1987
GALLERY HOURS: TUES SAT, 10-6PM
Eleanora Antinova, the once celebrated Black Ballerina of the Ballet Russe, has fallen on hard times. Diaghilev has died, the troupe has disbanded, and Eleanora has returned to her native America, where she is trying to eke out a living in seedy vaudeville houses and silent films with what success this exhibition shows. Comedy shorts, spicy farces, even, alas, a semi "blue movie", exploiting her ballerina role, play in a deserted movie house, a wrecked train, and an old theatrical dressing room, and give and account of this part of Antinova's American career.
This current exhibition is an intersection of sculpture and film in which the films are embedded in sets that serve as a commentary on the latest stage of the Ballerina's career.
For many years, Eleanor Antin has been presenting an autobiographical theatre of the soul, through the lives of her three personae the Ballerina, the King and the Nurse in performances and exhibitions of photography, video, drawing, writing and sculpture.
The public is invited to a reception for the artist, Saturday, December 6 from 5 to 7 pm.
For further information and publicity photographs contact Susan Yung at (212)226-3232.