New Muybridge theatre piece at Stanford

Tesseract: a life of Eadweard Muybridge in 8 stages

directed by Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish
November 12-14, 2009 at 8pm
Pigott Theater, Stanford University.


Guest directors Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixson return to Stanford Drama after last year’s successful collaboration with Drama and SiCa. This original performance piece, created with students, is based on photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Hixson and Goulish, founders of the performance group “Every house has a door,” create project-specific collaborative performances with narrow thematic focus and rigorous presentation.

Stanford Drama Department here.

Hiraki Sawa’s video ‘Migration’ on show

Automatic Cities, Joseph Cornell, and Marcel Duchamp at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Exhibition review by Kraig Cavanaugh

Contemporary Competing with History

Several major league and emerging artists from America and abroad as well as an artist collective from Cuba are presented together in this exhibit focusing on architecture as inspiration and subject for art. …

Featuring work by: Rachel Whiteread, Matthew Ritchie, Julie Mehretu, Sarah Oppenheimer, Ann Lislegaard and…….


Droll videos by Hiraki Sawa are also included in the exhibition. One entitled “Migration” (2003) features the stop-action figures that were originally photographed by Eadweard Muybridge that have been reanimated as tiny characters traveling around someone’s small apartment. A longhorn bull, a camel, and an elephant, along with nude men and women, walk and trot across the kitchen counter, along window mullions, and over the kitchen floor like trails of ants.

As proposed by the exhibition curator, a touchstone inspiration for the artists in Automatic Cities is Marcel Duchamp’s famous mini-museum in a suitcase entitled “Boîte-en-valise,” and it is on also on display in an accompanying exhibition Museums in Miniature: Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell. Duchamp’s suitcase contains sixty-eight miniature reproductions of the artist’s most famous works including “Nude Descending a Staircase” and “Fountain.” Also included in the boutique exhibit are five unique artworks by Joseph Cornell, most notable being his “Pink Chateau”(1944).

…. the majority of the [contemporary] work included makes a simple impression of being capable but not overly terrific.

Through January 31, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA

More from Kraig Cavanaugh here.

Study from the Human Body after Muybridge

The Frieze Art Fair previews on October 14. London-based dealer Gerard Faggionato will be offering Bacon’s 1988 painting of a male nude, “Study from the Human Body after Muybridge,” with a price of $9 million at the satellite Pavilion of Art & Design London fair. The painting is from the estate of the artist, which Faggionato represents.

More from Scott Reyburn here:
Frieze Week to Lure Billionaires With $9 Million Bacon Nude


The painting was shown in 2002 at an exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York.

Muybridge Project Assistant – Kingston

Just too late to apply, I’m afraid, but here are details of a job recently advertised by Kingston University, London.

JOB TITLE: Muybridge Project Assistant (Knowledge Catalyst Employee)

FACULTY/DEPT: Faculty of Art Design and Architecture / Enterprise Support
– Visual & Material Culture Research Centre(FADA) and Knowledge Transfer
Office (Enterprise)

The development and implementation of a web portal linking Kingston Museum’s Eadweard Muybridge Collection to international centers and resources of Muybridge’s work


1. To gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of the Muybridge Collection, including its history, and the ways in which it has been preserved, catalogued and displayed to the public since it was bequeathed
2. To conduct a survey of the Museum’s Muybridge Collection to determine its presentation within the context of the web-portal; to devise parameters of the web resource, including to define the objectives, scale and budget of the web development
3. To undertake research into the international Muybridge collections; to develop relationships with the curators of these collections building upon preliminary contacts established by the Academics and Museum curators.
4. To design, develop and implement the web-portal working closely with web-editors on the construction of the resource, and with Partners in ensuring the consistency and accuracy of all data;
5. To manage the relationships with the curators of other collections, formalising the relationship as necessary using legal documentation
6. To implement and activate the resource, in association with the web-editors of Kingston University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and ensure the resource will achieve a maximal impact in terms of its users and audiences
7. To launch and promote the web-resource, to relevant media, academic and arts organisations
8. To manage a 1 day-symposium – half-day held at Kingston University and half-day at Kingston Museum – to provide opportunity to discuss the promotion and profile of the resource within the context of the Tate Britain exhibition devoted to Muybridge’s work in autumn 2010, and on future strategies for the promotion of the resource with a view to the generation of e-commerce and other income-generating activities, alongside embedding it within Kingston’s curriculum.

News of the appointment will be posted in due course.

125 collotypes offered in Swann Auction

collotype in Swann sale

collotype in Swann sale

A group of 125 collotypes from Animal Locomotion is offered in the Photographs & Photographic Literature, Swann Galleries New York sale, October 22. Estimate: $35,000 to $45,000.


Also offered as a single plate is a Muybridge self-portrait sequence.

Self-portrait from “Animal Locomotion.” Collotype, 11 1/4×10 inches (28.6×25.4 cm.), with Muybridge’s printed credit, title, date and plate number “521,” on the two-toned mount recto. 1887
Estimate $3,000-4,000

From the Collection of James B. Parks.