Embattled Garden
Yve Laris Cohen

For his exhibition Embattled Garden, Yve Laris Cohen will spend five weeks examining, deconstructing, and reconstructing the set of Martha Graham’s 1958 dance of the same name. Consisting of a bisected raked platform and a 12-foot tall tree, the set was designed by Graham’s frequent collaborator, Isamu Noguchi.

Laris Cohen will use Company Gallery as a workshop, viewable to the public during gallery hours, to fabricate an exact replica of the company’s existing Noguchi set—some original pieces of which are currently held by the Noguchi Museum. As with much of Noguchi’s work for Martha Graham, the original set’s construction and design reflected Noguchi’s training as a sculptor.

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