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Between the Formats of Exhibition and Theater, Isabel Lewis Activates a Broad Range of Senses

June 20, 2016
Nadia Herzog is a pen name of Nadja Bozovic, a freelance journalist whose interest goes from the questioning influence of different art movements, through the connection of arts and urban space, to the art activism for social change. She enjoys interviewing artists and reading all about art history, and she is truly passionate about visual arts, especially about photography, design, graphics, multimedia, and street art in all of its forms.

The Dia Art Foundation is organizing a unique happening for its Commissions Occasions and Other Occurrences series. This time, the hosted event will be Isabel Lewis show, which will be spanning over four consecutive weekends, and it is going to be held at the Dia:Chelsea in New York City on Fridays, while the Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for the occasions in the Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon, New York. The Dia Art Foundation has commissioned Isabel Lewis to present her signature occasions, and the whole show is curated by Kelly Kivland, an associate curator at the Dia Art Foundation.

Isabel Lewis, occasion, 2015. © Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Photo: Vitali Wagner, 2015
Isabel Lewis – Occasion, 2015. © Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Photo: Vitali Wagner, 2015

Authentic Atmosphere with Environment Decorations

For the opportunity within the Dia Art commissions, Isabel Lewis has a special plan. She will create an authentic atmosphere by decorating the whole environment with specific furniture, plants, and floral arrangements. In collaboration with Sissel Tolaas, Norwegian chemist, and a smell researcher, Isabel Lewis show will bring some aromatic experiences to the audience as well. And that’s not all. Friday sessions will feature some sensual and slow dance, too, while the music will follow the contemporary partner dance which originated in Lusophone Africa. When it comes to the Saturday and Sunday events in the Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park, everything will be related to the local ecology and environmental care. Isabel Lewis will host guests at this outdoor venue, whether they came for conversation, dancing, listening, or simply to enjoy the weekend afternoon surrounded by pleasant settings.

Isabel Lewis, occasion, Göteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, September 13, 2015. © Isabel Lewis. Photo: Attila Urban
Isabel Lewis – Occasion, Göteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, September 13, 2015. © Isabel Lewis. Photo: Attila Urban

Experience for a Broad Range of Senses

A dramaturgy of the Isabel Lewis’s show will follow the specifics of the site and the structure of guests that will come. So, it would partly be an improvisation that will carry on the energy of guests, as well as their wishes and affinities. The whole ambiance will be surrounded by music, dance, food, and the excitement of the senses. It will work as an open event, during which guests may enter, exit, and revisit whenever they feel like it. ‘Sound, dance, performance, and durational work have always been part of Dia’s vision, as Jessica Morgan, director of the Dia Art Foundation explained. So, Isabel Lewis’s occasions will make a conceptual show bringing the experience that activates a broad range of senses.

Isabel Lewis - Occasion, 2015. © Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Photo: Vitali Wagner, 2015
Isabel Lewis – Occasion, 2015. © Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Photo: Vitali Wagner, 2015

Isabel Lewis Show for the Dia Art Commissions

Dates of the upcoming Isabel Lewis’s shows for the Dia Art Foundation span across four upcoming weekends between Friday, June 24, and Sunday, July 17, 2016, including those from June 24 to June 26, July 1 to July 3, July 8 to July 10, and July 15 to July 17, 2016. Friday occasions will be held at the Dia:Chelsea, and Saturday and Sunday shows will be organized in the Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon, New York. Isabel Lewis is known for creating her own space between the formats of the exhibition and the theater. For the Dia Art commissions, her versatile show will include DJ sets, lectures, parties, videos, and philosophical discussions, everything mixed up for the engagement of the guests’ senses.

Featured image: Isabel Lewis. © Isabel Lewis. Photo: Joanna Seitz