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Residue | Eiko + Koma
photo by Rene Ronda

Residue (2011)

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts  presents Residue: an Installation by Eiko & Koma in the Astor Gallery, July 19 - October 30, 2011. Location and  hours.

"It is very clear nothing lasts.” Koma 
“So this installation too is not an attempt to last or save what we have done. We just look at the ‘dust’ and enjoy that we can look at it for now.” Eiko ( from NYPL brochure)

Conceived and created by Eiko & Koma, Residue features works and artifacts collected during Eiko & Koma's 40 years of collaborative art-making. Sets, costumes and videos are combined to create a multi-sensory experience that connects gallery visitors with Eiko & Koma's artistry. The centerpiece of Residue is a tea-house-like structure made of material from Eiko & Koma's 2010 living installation, Naked, commissioned by the Walker Art Center and presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Center this spring. Inside the structure, visitors can view a video installation and reflect on what it is to be naked.

Residue is shown in conjunction with Eiko & Koma's new site-specific work, Water, commissioned by the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival that was performed in the reflecting pool on July 27-31. Simultaneously, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is hosting a multi-gallery retrospective exhibition of Eiko & Koma's work, Time Is Not Even, Space Is Not Empty, from June 24-November 14. Also of note is the publication of a catalog of the same title by the Walker Art Center, which is shown as a part of the two exhibitions and is providing comprehensive knowledge about Eiko & Koma's trajectory and their sustained motifs.

"In the strange, fascinating work of Eiko & Koma, where life moves both glacially and with the urgent power of nature, this exhibition offers a glimpse of their magic." Sulcas, The New York Times

"Surprisingly compelling" New Yorker

Please note that the Astor Gallery is located next to the Amsterdam Ave entrance (111 Amsterdam Ave, between 64 and 65th st) . If you enter the library from the main entrance at the Lincoln Center Plaza, take an elevator to A level.

Highlights from “Residue: Installation by Eiko & Koma”
July 20–Oct 30, 2011

Materials and sets from performances
Wind, 1993
Cambodian Stories, 2006
Be With, 2001
Thirst, 1985
Hunger, 2008
Tree, 1988
Rust, 1989
River, 1995
Fission, 1980
Before the Cock Crows, 1978

Costumes from performances
Hunger, 2008
Wind, 1993
Grain, 1983/2007
Fur Seal, 1997
White Dance, 1976/2010
River, 1995
Offering, 2002
Trilogy, 1979–81
Death Poem, 2005

Residue is produced as a part of Eiko & Koma’s Retrospective Project. This three-year, multifaceted endeavor started in 2009 to reexamine Eiko & Koma's history and to promote deeper understanding of their body of work. As with all other facets of the Retrospective, Residue is created both for those familiar with and for those who are new to Eiko & Koma.
Designer: Eric Bissell