The title " Let's Dance " is of course a reference to the 1983 David Bowie album with melancholy overtones. Is it an invitation? An order? Strangely, the catchy title sounds like an Act Up slogan : "J'irai
danser quand même" ("I'll go dancing anyway"). It is, indeed, a form of resistance. This group show gives us a view behind festivity's mask, and is in a certain way melancholy. The irrepressible need for group commemorations of life's milestones is one of the themes unifying the over fifty works by forty international artists brought together in " Let's Dance " from October 22, 2010 to January 16, 2011.
" Let's Dance " addresses the clichés of celebration through its markers: birthdays, fireworks, candles, cake, block parties, rites of passages, and music, all things that bring people together but cannot prevent loneliness.
The exhibit is designed as a grand memento mori. Fragments of narrative come together during the course of the exhibition. Events conveyed in installation, sculpture, video, or painting are fleeting moments, disturbing and incomplete, which we view as if unobserved. But the scenes are sufficiently universal to have meaning for everyone.