Trisha Brown Presented With First-Ever Rauschenberg Award

Trisha Brown. Courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Avant-garde choreographer Trisha Brown has won the Foundation for Contemporary Art’s inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Award, a $25,000 grant endowed by the artist’s estate, Artforum reports. Though the new award is not reserved for Rauschenberg’s collaborators, he designed sets and costumes for a number of Ms. Brown’s performances starting in the late 1970s. For Glacial Decoy (1979), Rauschenberg projected black-and-white photographs of an orchid and a shattered windshield on screens surrounding the dancers, and for Astral Convertible (1989), he created jungle-gym structures and shimmering silver costumes. Read More


50 USA Fellows Named, Including Theaster Gates, Coco Fusco, William Leavitt, Receive $50,000 Grants

Fusco. (Courtesy PMC)

The United States Artists nonprofit today announced the next 54 artists who will receive its annual USA Fellowships, which come with unrestricted grants of $50,000 each. Awardees in the field of visual art include Chicago artist Theaster Gates, New York writer and artist Luis Camnitzer and Los Angeles artist William Leavitt. Choreographer and artist Trisha Brown was among the honorees in the dance category. The full list of artists, who hail from a wide variety of disciplines, follows below. This round of funding brings USA’s total grants over its history to $17.5 million. Read More