NYCB Art Series featuring Marcel Dzama open

NYCB Art Series featuring Marcel Dzama The New York City Ballet (NYCB) is currently presenting the fourth installation of its acclaimed Art Series initiative for the company’s 2016 Winter Season.


Launched in 2013, the NYCB Art Series features annual collaborations between NYCB and contemporary visual artists who create original works for exhibition at the company’s home, the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. This year for the 2016 Art Series, NYCB commissioned an installation from Canadian-born Marcel Dzama, one of the contemporary art world’s most celebrated young artists whose work is exhibited extensively around the world and is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum and Tate Modern.


The theme for his multidisciplinary Art Series installation is chess, in a nod to his ongoing obsession with the chess-loving Marcel Duchamp. It features video, drawings and sculpture. [See a trailer below!] It’s on display now through Sunday, February 28 during all of NYCB’s winter performances.


There are also three special Art Series performances on February 6 (evening), February 11 and February 19. All single tickets for these three performances are priced at just $30! Each one will be followed by a post-performance party on the theater’s Promenade open to all audience members, each of whom will receive a special limited-edition takeaway created by Dzama to commemorate the NYCB Art Series collaboration.


The installation will also be open to the public for free on Saturday, February 13 through Sunday, February 21 – Saturdays from 10 am to noon; Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm; and Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.


Another reason this collaboration is special is because it marks the first time that an artist has simultaneously created work for both the Art Series and a NYCB production, with Dzama designing the sets and costumes for NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin’s Peck’s world premiere ballet, The Most Incredible Thing.


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Image: Still from YouTube trailer. Image courtesy of NYCB.