Manifesting as site-specific events, videos filmed on location, drawings, and performance scores, MODERN LIVING explores intimacy and domestic space within legacies of modernist architecture. Structured in chapters, each sited in a modernist home, the project is driven by the question, “what would a home have to look and feel like today to protect and produce intimacies and relations that don’t fit within dominant narratives of family, marriage, or domesticity?”
The first two chapters of the project unfolded as site-specific performances at the Schindler House in Los Angeles and The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, in 2016, in collaboration with the nine dancers of L.A. Dance Project and the music producer SOPHIE.
Co-produced by L.A. Dance Project, Modern Living was originally presented by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and The Glass House, in association with Art Production Fund. Modern Living has been made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Gerard & Kelly developed Modern Living in residencies at GuestHaus (Los Angeles) and Pocantico Arts Collaborative, supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional support provided by Uri Minkoff, NeueHouse, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.