Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol
BCAM, Level 2
The newest work by renowned Los Angeles artist Sharon Lockhart (United States, born 1964) is a multimedia meditation on the achievements of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol (Israel, 1924–2007). Lockhart has, since the 1990s, used film and photography to memorialize specific, quotidian moments in particular communities. She discovered Eshkol’s groundbreaking work during a 2008 trip to Israel. Eshkol is best known for developing in the 1950s, with architect Avraham Wachman, the Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation (EWMN) system, which uses a combination of symbols and numbers to define the motion of any limb around its joint. Eshkol developed a dance practice based upon its simple structures. Lockhart filmed Eshkol’s aging students and a newer generation of dancers performing her choreography in an effort to bring to light her visionary work. Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol, conceived as a two-person exhibition, presents Lockhart’s five-channel film installation and series of photographs of EWMN spherical models together with a selection of Eshkol’s carpets, scores, drawings, and other archival materials.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Initial support for Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol came from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles's Tel Aviv—Los Angeles Partnership.
This exhibition is made possible through major gifts from Daniel Greenberg, Susan Steinhauser and The Greenberg Foundation; Audrey M. Irmas; Alice and Nahum Lainer; Drs. Rebecka and Arie Belldegrun; The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation; and The Photographic Arts Council. Additional support was provided by Helgard Field-Lion and Irwin Field; Laura and Jim Maslon; and the Consulate General of Israel, Los Angeles.
A catalogue, featuring essays by exhibition curators Talia Amar, Stephanie Barron and Britt Salvesen and art historian Eva Diaz as well as an interview with the artist by art historian Sabine Eckmann and a roundtable discussion among Lockhart and Eshkol’s dancers, will be available in connection with the exhibition.