Save the Date: Knees, Schools, Urges

An exhibition uplifting Los Angeles’s Dance History opening June 3rd 2022.

Jennie MaryTai Liu, Curator 
Alana Frey, Assistant Curator 
Produced in partnership between Pieter Performance Space and The Box Gallery

Friday, June 3-Saturday July 9, 2022
Open Exhibition hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-6PM
Performances & Programming: Friday, June 3-Sunday, June 19


With support from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Pieter is proud to present Knees, Schools, Urges opening June 3rd, 2022.

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. This exhibition will feature new works, lecture and panel events, and archival ephemera that address the entwined history of modern dance and settler colonialism, appropriative practices in American dance making from its origins, and the work that Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Queer + Trans* + feminist dancers have done in the field. Visitors to the exhibition will have an opportunity to reflect on the embodied transmission of knowledge and the potentialities of dance in future-making/world-building. 

Participating artists: Milka Djordjevich, Sebastian Hernandez, Jmy James Kidd, taisha paggett 
+ Tanya Brodsky, Jessa Calderon, Neha Choksi, Alison D’Amato, iris yirei hu, & Peter Hernàndez. 

This project is the culminating event of Pieter Parking Space’s six month residency at The Box, where an accessible dance platform was installed in The Box’s parking lot to give six Los Angeles-based choreographers space and time to develop new work. For Knees, Schools, Urges this same platform will be housed inside The Box’s gallery, functioning as a stage, a sculptural object, and a space for visitors to rest, read, and remember.

Stay tuned for the full detailed schedule of performances and events soon!