Conservatorium | Knees, Schools, Urges
Alison D'Amato in collaboration with John Emison
Friday, Jun 3 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conservatorium whispers about forgotten people and things. February 12, 1906 – present. 


About the artist: Alison D’Amato is Assistant Professor of Practice at USC’s Kaufman School of Dance. Her writing on performance can be found in publications such as Choreographic Practices, Imagined Theatres, Contact Quarterly, Dance Research Journal, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, and the upcoming volume, Object-Event-Performance: Art, Materiality, and Continuity Since the 1960s. In 2015 she completed a dissertation on contemporary choreographic scores (Mobilizing the Score:Generative Choreographic Structures, 1960-Present). Her dances and scores have been presented in Los Angeles (PAM Residencies, Pieter PASD, The Hammer Museum, HomeLA, and Anatomy Riot), New York (Movement Research, the Tank, AUNTS, Waxworks, Dixon Place, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange), San Francisco, Philadelphia, the UK, and Poland.


John Emison is an artist and educator working across sculpture, drawing, painting, and video. His work often takes the form of subtle alterations, shifts of register, and added information. He received an MFA in from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a BA from Colgate University. Exhibitions include MIM Gallery (Los Angeles), Spring/Break Art Show (Los Angeles), Ms Barbers (Los Angeles), Central Park (Los Angeles), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Los Angeles), the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), and 808 Gallery, Boston University. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Friday June 3, 6-7pm


Thursday June 16, 6-7pm


What to expect:The Box gallery is all on one level and has a rear entrance with a ramp. There are 2 small gender neutral single stall bathrooms on site. Please note that the bathrooms do not have a rail for transfer assistance and have limited space for larger mobility devices. Please contact the Box with any access needs and for more details: 1(213) 625-1747


Accessibility Note: As COVID safety negotiation continues to be part of our community choreography, Pieter will continue to strive to be transparent and clear about our practices, with the goal of always prioritizing the most vulnerable among us. All events will require masks and utilize our Button Buddies which you can learn more about HERE


About the exhibition: A collaboration between Pieter Performance Space and The Box, curated by Jennie MaryTai Liu and assistant curator Alana Frey, Knees, Schools, Urges is a performance program and exhibition which invites ten dancers / artists to grapple with documented and undocumented histories of early 20th century modern dance in the place now known as Los Angeles. An examination of the absence of archived history of dance and dancers in the region, and the undersung work that historically minoritized artists have done in the field, the project looks both forward and backward, approaching the timeframe of the exhibition as an opportunity to document and create an archive which acknowledges the value of short-term local history as an ongoing project for present and future generations. 


photo by John Emison
Photo by John Emison