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Audio and multimedia producer Sofie Andersen on motion's expressive and narrative nature.

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  • Sofie Andersen
    1280852
  • Girl Dancing  |  1897; this cast, ca. 1906  |  Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American)  |  Bronze  |  Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.305)
    8181024
  • Girl Dancing  |  1897; this cast, ca. 1906  |  Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American)  |  Bronze  |  Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.305)
    8091024
  • [Loie Fuller Dancing]  |  ca. 1900  |  Samuel Joshua Beckett (English)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Walter Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2005 (2005.100.950)
    1280971
  • Dancing a Waltz  |  1883–86  |  Eadweard Muybridge (American, born Great Britain)  |  Glass positive  |  Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum, 1938 (38.82.22)
    9461024
  • Miss Loïe Fuller  |  1893  |  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French)  |  Lithograph printed in five colors on vellum  |  Rogers Fund, 1970 (1970.534)
    6981024
  • [Dance Class, Savannah, Georgia]  |  1935  |  Walker Evans (American)  |  Film negative  |  Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.253.438.1)
    1280892
  • [Dance Study with Movement]  |  1925–28  |  Zivago (Russian)  |  Platinum print  |  Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.86)
    7441024
  • Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a Small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)  |  1508–12  |  Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian)  |  Italian  |  Red chalk (recto); charcoal or black chalk (verso)  |  Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924 (24.197.2)
    7571024
  • Diana  |  1892–93; this cast, 1928  |  Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American)  |  Bronze, gilt  |  Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.101)
    6741024
  • The Street  |  1977  |  Philip Guston (American, born Montreal)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Saul Gifts, Gift of George A. Hearn, by exchange, and Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1983 (1983.457)  |  © Estate of Philip Guston
    1280796
  • Fortissimo screen  |  1925–26  |  Jean Dunand (French, born Switzerland) and Séraphin Soudbinine (French, born Russia)  |  Lacquered wood, eggshell, mother-of-pearl  |  Gift of Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim, 1950 (50.102.4)
    10241024
  • Mysuseter III  |  1991  |  Per Kirkeby (Danish)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Purchase, Harriett Ames Charitable Trust Gift, in memory of Lita Annenberg Hazen, 1996 (1996.350)
    8731024
  • Untitled  |  ca. 1948–49  |  Jackson Pollock (American)  |  Dripped ink and enamel on paper  |  Gift of Lee Krasner Pollock, 1982 (1982.147.27)  |  © 2011 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    1280974
  • Oval Form with Strings and Color  |  1966  |  Barbara Hepworth (British)  |  Elmwood and painted Elmwood with cotton strings  |  Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2007 (2007.95)  |  © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    8221024
  • Narcissus  |  Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)  |  Zhao Mengjian (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink on paper  |  Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    1280554
  • Susanne Rosenthal or (stage name Suse Rosen), Sofie's grandmother's cousin  |  Stuttgart Ballet, Germany  |  1928–32
    7011024
  • Bacchante and Infant Faun  |  1893–94; this cast 1894  |  Frederick William MacMonnies (American)  |  Bronze  |  Gift of Charles F. McKim, 1897 (97.19)
    5141024
  • Bacchante and Infant Faun  |  1893–94; this cast 1894  |  Frederick William MacMonnies (American)  |  Bronze  |  Gift of Charles F. McKim, 1897 (97.19)
    10241024
  • [Cavorting by the Pool at Garsington]  |  ca. 1916  |  Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck Morrell (English)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.950)
    7301024
  • Sofie Andersen
    1280852
  • My name is Sofie Andersen. I'm an audio and multimedia producer, and my topic is "Dance."

  • I was a dancer from the age of about four or five. It was a

  • huge part of my life and passion of mine. I

  • learned through the body, technique, and through gesture, that I could create some kind of greater experience. That foundation

  • has always put me in mind of what is the artistic process. One of the things I really admire about artists in general is

  • their ability to capture fleeting moments and dance is one of those. There's so much myth about

  • who dancers are and what they put themselves through and what it means to be a performer. I was five

  • or six when I was first on stage. The nerves outweighed the applause. That kind of experience I think really stays with you.

  • As a dancer you learn to tell stories and communicate in direct ways, but also in indirect ways. The gesture of your fingers right down to the weight-bearing toe can make a difference to how the whole pose can look. One of

  • the qualities of dancers is their ability to make very difficult acts look effortless.

  • The physical impact of these arms and legs compressed together would not seem to suggest dance and grace, but I think shows through the multiplicity of hands and the multiplicity of arms and the way in which the viewpoints are all skewed, this incredible force and tension comes through.

  • This Jean Dunand screen with these falling seraphim really caught my eye because they're progressing through this rocky ravine, and this is sort of a terrible moment, they're falling down, but there's joy in the gesture in the flinging of the arms wide. There's almost a joy in that free floating, free form.

  • I think that expressionistic mode in art finds parallels in dance. It will look like the dancer is

  • deciding just in the moment whatever impulse they have, but of course there's so much that goes into it beforehand that is behind the scenes.

  • There's this incredible movement through the center of this pierced form and the strings that run through it. And it reminds me of an organic form that is about to become something that is connected with the physical artist being a dancer.

  • The Narcissus creates a sense of calm and it creates a sense of internal light and freedom, which you can sometimes feel when you're in that moment where the dance is coming together. It looks like chaos but it's actually incredibly beautiful and choreographed and still.

  • Susanne Rosenthal is my grandmother's cousin. She was the soloist for the Stuttgart Ballet. Unfortunately, she was living in a time when her background as a Jew made it impossible for her to have that career fulfilled. But when I look at this I'm just so happy because I know that she had that moment but also I just think of the joy that dance gives you as a person.

  • I have a very young daughter who has started to dance completely uninitiated by us.

  • She just hears music and she loves to dance and she is this vision of

  • sheer happiness when she's dancing. It's a time in your life when you're uninhibited and you have no idea about what you should or shouldn't being doing in life, that you're just responding instinctively to music. I really can't think of anything better

  • in life than seeing that in my daughter.

  • 06.305
    Girl Dancing, 1897; this cast, ca. 1906, Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American), Bronze Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.305)
  • 2005.100.950
    [Loie Fuller Dancing], ca. 1900, Samuel Joshua Beckett (English), Gelatin silver print Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Walter Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2005 (2005.100.950)
  • 38.82.22
    Dancing a Waltz, 1883–86, Eadweard Muybridge (American, born Great Britain), Glass positive Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum, 1938 (38.82.22)
  • 1970.534
    Miss Loïe Fuller, 1893, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French), Lithograph printed in five colors on vellum Rogers Fund, 1970 (1970.534)
  • 1994.253.438.1
    [Dance Class, Savannah, Georgia], 1935, Walker Evans (American), Film negative Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.253.438.1)
  • 2000.86
    [Dance Study with Movement], 1925–28, Zivago (Russian), Platinum print Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.86)
  • 24.197.2
    Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a Small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso), 1508–12, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian), Italian, Red chalk (recto); charcoal or black chalk (verso) Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924 (24.197.2)
  • 28.101
    Diana, 1892–93; this cast, 1928, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American), Bronze, gilt Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.101)
  • 1983.457
    The Street, 1977, Philip Guston (American, born Montreal), Oil on canvas Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Saul Gifts, Gift of George A. Hearn, by exchange, and Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1983 (1983.457) © Estate of Philip Guston
  • 50.102.4
    Fortissimo screen, 1925–26, Jean Dunand (French, born Switzerland) and Séraphin Soudbinine (French, born Russia), Lacquered wood, eggshell, mother-of-pearl Gift of Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim, 1950 (50.102.4)
  • 1996.350
    Mysuseter III, 1991, Per Kirkeby (Danish), Oil on canvas Purchase, Harriett Ames Charitable Trust Gift, in memory of Lita Annenberg Hazen, 1996 (1996.350)
  • 1982.147.27
    Untitled, ca. 1948–49, Jackson Pollock (American), Dripped ink and enamel on paper Gift of Lee Krasner Pollock, 1982 (1982.147.27) © 2011 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 2007.95
    Oval Form with Strings and Color, 1966, Barbara Hepworth (British), Elmwood and painted Elmwood with cotton strings Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2007 (2007.95) © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
  • 1973.120.4
    Narcissus, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), Zhao Mengjian (Chinese), Handscroll; ink on paper Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
  • 97.19
    Bacchante and Infant Faun, 1893–94; this cast 1894, Frederick William MacMonnies (American), Bronze Gift of Charles F. McKim, 1897 (97.19)
  • 2005.100.971
    [Cavorting by the Pool at Garsington], ca. 1916, Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck Morrell (English), Gelatin silver print Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.950)
  • Girl Dancing, 1897; this cast, ca. 1906, Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American), Bronze Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.305)
    [Loie Fuller Dancing], ca. 1900, Samuel Joshua Beckett (English), Gelatin silver print Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Walter Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2005 (2005.100.950)
    Dancing a Waltz, 1883–86, Eadweard Muybridge (American, born Great Britain), Glass positive Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum, 1938 (38.82.22)
    Miss Loïe Fuller, 1893, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French), Lithograph printed in five colors on vellum Rogers Fund, 1970 (1970.534)
    [Dance Class, Savannah, Georgia], 1935, Walker Evans (American), Film negative Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.253.438.1)
    [Dance Study with Movement], 1925–28, Zivago (Russian), Platinum print Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.86)
    Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a Small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso), 1508–12, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian), Italian, Red chalk (recto); charcoal or black chalk (verso) Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924 (24.197.2)
    Diana, 1892–93; this cast, 1928, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American), Bronze, gilt Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.101)
    The Street, 1977, Philip Guston (American, born Montreal), Oil on canvas Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Saul Gifts, Gift of George A. Hearn, by exchange, and Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1983 (1983.457) © Estate of Philip Guston
    Fortissimo screen, 1925–26, Jean Dunand (French, born Switzerland) and Séraphin Soudbinine (French, born Russia), Lacquered wood, eggshell, mother-of-pearl Gift of Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim, 1950 (50.102.4)
    Mysuseter III, 1991, Per Kirkeby (Danish), Oil on canvas Purchase, Harriett Ames Charitable Trust Gift, in memory of Lita Annenberg Hazen, 1996 (1996.350)
    Untitled, ca. 1948–49, Jackson Pollock (American), Dripped ink and enamel on paper Gift of Lee Krasner Pollock, 1982 (1982.147.27) © 2011 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Oval Form with Strings and Color, 1966, Barbara Hepworth (British), Elmwood and painted Elmwood with cotton strings Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2007 (2007.95) © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    Narcissus, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), Zhao Mengjian (Chinese), Handscroll; ink on paper Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    Bacchante and Infant Faun, 1893–94; this cast 1894, Frederick William MacMonnies (American), Bronze Gift of Charles F. McKim, 1897 (97.19)
    [Cavorting by the Pool at Garsington], ca. 1916, Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck Morrell (English), Gelatin silver print Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.950)
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    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    Girl Dancing
    1897; this cast, ca. 1906
    Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American)
    Bronze
    Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.305)
    On view: Gallery 768
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    [Loie Fuller Dancing]
    ca. 1900
    Samuel Joshua Beckett (English)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Walter Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2005 (2005.100.950)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Dancing a Waltz
    1883–86
    Eadweard Muybridge (American, born Great Britain)
    Glass positive
    Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum, 1938 (38.82.22)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Miss Loïe Fuller
    1893
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French)
    Lithograph printed in five colors on vellum
    Rogers Fund, 1970 (1970.534)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    [Dance Class, Savannah, Georgia]
    1935
    Walker Evans (American)
    Film negative
    Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.253.438.1)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    [Dance Study with Movement]
    1925–28
    Zivago (Russian)
    Platinum print
    Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.86)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a Small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)
    1508–12
    Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian)
    Italian
    Red chalk (recto); charcoal or black chalk (verso)
    Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924 (24.197.2)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Diana
    1892–93; this cast, 1928
    Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American)
    Bronze, gilt
    Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.101)
    On view: Gallery 700
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    The Street
    1977
    Philip Guston (American, born Montreal)
    Oil on canvas
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Saul Gifts, Gift of George A. Hearn, by exchange, and Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1983 (1983.457)
    © Estate of Philip Guston
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Fortissimo screen
    1925–26
    Jean Dunand (French, born Switzerland) and Séraphin Soudbinine (French, born Russia)
    Lacquered wood, eggshell, mother-of-pearl
    Gift of Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim, 1950 (50.102.4)
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Mysuseter III
    1991
    Per Kirkeby (Danish)
    Oil on canvas
    Purchase, Harriett Ames Charitable Trust Gift, in memory of Lita Annenberg Hazen, 1996 (1996.350)
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Untitled
    ca. 1948–49
    Jackson Pollock (American)
    Dripped ink and enamel on paper
    Gift of Lee Krasner Pollock, 1982 (1982.147.27)
    © 2011 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Oval Form with Strings and Color
    1966
    Barbara Hepworth (British)
    Elmwood and painted Elmwood with cotton strings
    Purchase, Gift of Hon. and Mrs. Peter I. B. Lavan, by exchange, 2007 (2007.95)
    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    On view: Gallery 920
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Narcissus
    Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
    Zhao Mengjian (Chinese)
    Handscroll; ink on paper
    Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.4)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Bacchante and Infant Faun
    1893–94; this cast 1894
    Frederick William MacMonnies (American)
    Bronze
    Gift of Charles F. McKim, 1897 (97.19)
    On view: Gallery 700
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    [Cavorting by the Pool at Garsington]
    ca. 1916
    Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck Morrell (English)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.950)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor

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