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Yvonne Rainer



Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/dancer (1960–1975). After making seven experimental feature-length films—Lives of Performers (1972), Privilege (1990), and MURDER and murder (1996), among others—she returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (After Many a Summer Dies the Swan). Since then she has made six dances, including AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M., Assisted Living: Do you have any money? and The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? Her dances have been seen throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthaus Bregenz, and the Louvre. Retrospective exhibitions of her work have been presented at Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2012), the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2013), Jeu de Paume, École des Beaux Artes, La Ferme du Buisson, France, and Raven Row, London (2014). A memoir—Feelings Are Facts: a Life—was published by MIT Press in 2006.

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September 18th, 2019

Publish & Perish: 8 Years of Badlands Unlimited exhibition Sept 18 - Oct 20

Publish & Perish: 8 Years of Badlands UnlimitedSeptember 18 - October 2024 Rutgers streetNew York, NY 10002 Badlands Unlimited and Greene Naftali Gallery are pleased to announce the exhibition “Publish And Perish: Eight Years of Badlands Unlimited” at the Badlands exhibition space at 24 Rutger... more

November 22nd, 2018

Holiday Sale: Buy Us Gift Others like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Ida B. Wells Society & More

Since 2010, Badlands Unlimited has published over 50 titles and 40 artist works in print and digital forms. Treat yourself and others this holiday season with path-breaking publications and support groups such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Black and Pink (a support and advocacy group for LGBTQ... more

July 18th, 2017

Yvonne Rainer Retrospective at Film Society of Lincoln Center

Yvonne Rainer's film retrospective, Talking Pictures: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer, organized by Thomas Beard begins this Friday July 21st and runs through July 27th at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Poems will be available for sale at the concession stand for the duration of retrospective at the sp... more

October 12th, 2016

Now I Can Say: A Publisher's Note by Yvonne Rainer

OK, my friends: to tweetor not to tweetthere he can boastso virile so manlyoh so entitledWould we like to do the same?touch his partsas he fulminates in public?our feminine ghostsrise up in dismayNow I can say:I was elevena man came from behind(do they always come from behind?)put his hand between m... more

April 7th, 2015

Art In America Profiles Paul Chan & Badlands Unlimited

Art in America's Associate Editor, Brian Droitcour wrote an in-depth piece discussing Paul's work and Badlands' published output since the beginning. Getting to the heart of what Badlands is all about, Droitcour writes, "For him, books aren’t just a means to convey knowledge; they are also a source ... more

September 26th, 2014

T Magazine hightlights Badlands at 2014 NYABF

Fiona Duncan at T, The New York Times magazine, highlights Badlands at this weekend's New York Art Book Fair at MoMAPS1. Duncan writes, "This young New York-based publishing house publishes e-books, traditional books and artist works that seek to break down the distinction between print, digital fil... more

August 23rd, 2014

On a Diagonal, Looking Forward and Looking Back: Review of Poems by Yvonne Rainer

A great review of Poems by Yvonne Rainer by way of Marcus Civin of Aufgabe, a poetry review. Read the review as a PDF.

July 10th, 2012

E-books Are the Future of Art

Linda Green from Policymic writes about Badlands and the future of publishing as a digital art form. Green notes, "I just purchased my first piece of artwork the other day, for a whopping $1.99 on Amazon. It was HELL_TREE, an e-book by Petra Cortright that consists of writings and images from the ar... more

February 1st, 2012

Flash Art reviews Poems

Wendy Vogel reviews Poems over at Flash Art, writing that "the writing is best when she meditates on how the body and mind are closely knitted together." Read the rest at Flash Art Online here. ... more

September 4th, 2011

Poems by Yvonne Rainer Editor's Choice at Bomb

Corinna Copp at Bomb Magazine highlights Poems as an Editor's Choice. She writes, "Poems is Yvonne Rainer’s first collection. The legendary artist wrote about 30 of them over the course of a year, as she has mentioned in her memoir Feelings Are Facts. Somehow unwaveringly private yet resistant to na... more