Faculty News: Claire Bishop Publishes “Black Box, White Cube, Gray Zone: Dance Exhibitions and Audience Attention”

In The Drama Review’s summer 2018 issue, Professor Bishop explores the related phenomena of dance in the museum and new, technologically-mediated modes of attention. 

Relocated from the “black box” of experimental theatre to the “white cube” of the gallery, dance in the museum brings about new forms of performance — the dance exhibition — and new protocols of audience behavior that permit, even encourage, smartphone photography. This is the “gray zone” of recent performance, which is both a symptom of, and compensation for, the virtualization of contemporary perception.

In related news, Professor Bishop was recently awarded a Dance Division Fellowship at the Library of Performing Arts, NYPL, to research Merce Cunningham’s Events.