Cynthia Oliver and David Thomson in the premiere of Tere O'Connor's "Sister," performed at Krannert Art Museum in the exhibition Openstudio 2, 2013. Photo by Natalie Fiol
Jennifer Monson, professor in Dance, in "Live Dancing Archive," performed at Krannert Art Museum as part of the exhibition Openstudio 2, 2013. Photo by Natalie Fiol
On View
Aug 30, 2013–Sep 22, 2013
Main Level, East Gallery

KAM’s OPENSTUDIO series presented performances in conjunction with artist residencies that were intended to forge interdisciplinary learning and cultural exchange between internationally renowned visiting artists, faculty, students, and the community.

Sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts; Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and Krannert Art Museum

OPENSTUDIO 2 celebrated three major initiatives directed, choreographed, and performed by illustrious faculty members from the College of Fine + Applied Art’s Department of Dance and their celebrated colleagues from across the country.

Tere O'Connor: "Sister"

2013 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and contemporary choreographer Tere O’Connor created a new duet, Sister for dance artists Cynthia Oliver and David Thomson. 

Commissioned by KAM and premiering as part of OPENSTUDIO 2 on September 11 and 12, the duet was the third work in O’Connor’s Bleed project that looks at the multiple strata of information comprising a dance. 

Bleed premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival December 11–14, 2013.

Jennifer Monson: "Live Dancing Archive"

The extraordinary dance artist, choreographer, and Guggenheim award winner Jennifer Monson created Live Dancing Archive in three components: an evening length solo performance, a video installation, and a digital archive. The performance premiered to great acclaim at New York’s The Kitchen in February 2013; it was presented again as part of OPENSTUDIO 2 on September 19.

Live Dancing Archive ( includes choreography by Monson, video installation by Robin Vachal, sound by Jeff Kolar, lighting by Joe Levasseur, costumes by Susan Becker, dramaturge by Betsy Brandt, production management by Davison Scandrett, digital archive by Young Jae Bae, and dressing by Tatyana Tenenbaum. 

The video installation was shown as part of the OPENSTUDIO 2 exhibition, except when dance rehearsals and performances were taking place.

Renée Wadleigh: "Dance On Video Installation"

Distinguished dancer with the Paul Taylor Company, choreographer, and teacher Renée Wadleigh’s Dance On Video Installation features world-class contemporary dance artists from the United States and abroad whose work embodies current concerns and developments in the visual arts. 

The videos illustrate correspondences between developments in contemporary art and dance that took shape in the 1960’s and intensified by the middle of the 1990’s.