I and a few local dance artists will join Maya Gurantz for her performance “Mystery Cult” at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Details are below:
Maya Gurantz, joined by local dancers, will perform movement sequences from her ongoing project, Mystery Cult. In the project, Maya invents the rituals of a fictive matriarchy, pulling together 1970s radical feminist practices, postmodern dance, occult homosocial Masonic ceremonies from the late 19th-early 20th century, and dreams. An ongoing project, Mystery Cult imagines a world that elevates women's experience and asks--what do we want our unconscious mind to value and celebrate? What potential worlds can that crack open?
Maya Gurantz is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. Her video sculpture appears in the Homebodies/Away Teams show at UMOCA. She has also recently shown at the Grand Central Art Center (solo), Greenleaf Gallery (solo), the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (solo), the Oakland Museum, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, High Desert Test Sites, Navel LA, and Autonomie Gallery. Gurantz was commissioned to create public video works by the Great Wall of Oakland and The Field Experiment Atlanta. Her work has been written about in Art21, The Atlantic, FastCompany, and Westword, among others. Her writing has appeared in The LA Review of Books, This American Life, ACID-FREE, Notes on Looking, The Awl, RECAPS Magazine, InDance, and an anthology, CRuDE, published by the École Nationale Supérieure d'Art, Bourges.