Body in Flight (Delta)

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
carved and stained wood
Credit line
A Gift from Robert and Marjorie Mann, Frank Curtis Springer & Irving Moxley Springer Purchase Fund, Jane Weldon Myers Acquisition Fund, Martha Delzell Memorial Fund, Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Endowed Art Fund, Roger G. Wolcott Fund, Mr. and Mrs. William B. Ansted, Jr. Art Fund, Cecil F. Head Art Fund, Alice and Kirk McKinney Fund, Elizabeth S. Lawton Fine Art Fund, Deaccessioned Contemporary Art Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Van Vorhees Art Fund, E. Hardey Adriance Fine Arts Acquisition Fund in memory of Marguerite Hardey Adriance, Mary V. Black Art Endowment Fund, General Endowed Discretionary Art Fund, The Ballard Fund, Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
Accession number
2011.202A-E.12
Collection
Not Currently On View

For Body in Flight (Delta), Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla made a full-scale reproduction of a business class airline seat in carved and stained poplar. The artwork becomes complete when activated by a female gymnast. The gymnast performs a routine developed by Allora & Calzadilla, Olympic gymnast Dave Durante, and choreographer Rebecca Davis. This routine, which emphasizes flexibility and fluidity, destabilizes the rigorous field of competitive gymnastics, contaminating signature gymnastics movements with elements of modern dance choreography.

Body in Flight (Delta) was one of six new works commissioned by the IMA for the US Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and purchased via Gladstone Gallery, New York in 2011.
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