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when: 2011-04-30, starts at 3:00pm
where: MAK Centerʼs Garage Top at the Mackey Apartment Building 1137 S. Cochran Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90019

A an afternoon of instruction and conversation with Yvonne Rainer and Sara Wookey hosted by USC Roski School of Fine Art/MPAS Program, Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere
Trio A is one of Yvonne Rainerʼs signature dances, and has been presented in numerous exhibitions worldwide. Part and parcel with the dance is its storied history of distribution through personal encounter and instruction. Both trained and untrained dancers can perform Trio A. To highlight this aspect, we are hosting an instruction of a portion of the work led by Sara Wookey, a certified Trio A teacher. Immediately following the instruction will be a conversation about the transmission of the dance with its choreographer, Yvonne Rainer. Participants should wear comfortable clothes that you can move in, tennis shoes or other comfortable workout shoes.

DATE:Saturday, April 30, 2011
TIME: 3:00PM – first one-hour instruction session with Sara Wookey 4:00PM – second one-hour instruction session with Sara Wookey 5:00PM – Conversation with Yvonne Rainer
LOCATION: MAK Centerʼs Garage Top at the Mackey Apartment Building 1137 S. Cochran Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90019

To participate in the instruction of Trio A, please contact: Megan Steinman at or Chloë Flores at Space is limited for the Trio A instruction sessions.
All are welcome to join the conversation with Yvonne Rainer.
THE TRANSMISSION OF TRIO A is a public program held in conjunction with Work After Work, an exhibition organized by the graduate students of the Class of 2011 for the Curatorial Practicum of the Master of Public Art Studies Program (Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere) at the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Yvonne Rainer has presented her choreography and films throughout the United States and in Europe. Her dance works have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London; Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. In 1997 a complete retrospective of Rainerʼs films was hosted by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York City. Rainer is a founding faculty member of the Whitney Independent Study Program and a professor at University of California, Irvine.

Sara Wookey is an artist working across dance, performance, public practice, and media. Wookey has presented work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. She is a founding member of the Choreographers Working Group and a movement/performance specialist with the Los Angeles Urban Rangers collective. She has been a guest artist at the California Institute of the Arts; California State University, Long Beach; and Woodbury University. Wookey is a certified teacher of Rainerʼs seminal dance work Trio A and currently working on a research project, Transmitting Trio A, that explores the verbal language used in transmitting dance.
Work After Work features works by Michael Asher, Eternal Telethon, Andrea Fraser, Alex Israel, Sharon Lockhart, Yvonne Rainer, State of the Arts, Kenneth Tam, Anton Vidokle, and Carey Young. The exhibition and program of events explores issues of artistic production and economy of labor, and is motivated by a keen awareness of how the current economic situation applies particular pressures on artistic labor. It is a crucial moment to reexamine the shifting value, both economic and cultural, of artistic labor and explore the ways in which artists navigate, resist, and reproduce these values. Each of the participating artists in the exhibition implement distinct methodologies for transforming the economic conditions of their artistic activities: from reflections on artistic practice as labor and entrepreneurial venture; to developing practical contracts that enforce artist fee structures; to negating the speculative art market by offering unlimited multiples; to conceptualizations of artistic service provision, among others. Beyond evidencing economic models, the exhibition aims to reveal the shifts in political and social dynamics that artists face when negotiating the conditions of production, reception, and consumption of art. Work After Work will be open April 28 – May 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For a YouTube clip on Trio A, please visit:

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