May 15th: Adriana Groisman gives an artist talk at the Pregones Theater in NY

Presented by Enfoco’s touring gallery program, on Saturday May 15th, Adriana Groisman will give an artist talk at 1 pm at the Pregones Theater in NY. She will talk about the project she has been working on for 15 years, taking photographs of Argentinian tango dancers titled Tango Never Before Midnight.

The artist talk is in conjunction with her current exhibition at the Pregones Theater, including 12 of her images from the Tango Never Before Midnight series. This exhibition runs from May 1-June 21st.

From the Enfoco website:

“Tango, Never Before Midnight, is a work which records the world of the milongas –traditional Argentinean tango balls– and their patrons, the milongueros. Each night at the milonga is a dramatic cycle in itself, an erotically charged arena where issues of power and gender are played out. Fleeting relationships, alliances, rivalries, jealousies and games of seduction occur, leading to the encounters on the dance floor. These negotiations are carried out through furtive glances and minute gestures, parts of a ritual that can go completely unnoticed by outsiders.

Milongueros tend to speak very little; even if they have been dancing with each other for years they never ask each other’s last names, addresses or professions. This is one of the unspoken rules of the “real” milongueros. Another implicit rule is that the invitation to dance is never verbal. Rather, this is done through a complex series of interlocking gazes and body attitudes.

At the milonga, a great social equalizer, class, age and physical appearance recede. The dancing is what counts, the body connection, the feeling for the music.”

This exhibition of En Foco’s 2009-2010 Touring Gallery program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Canson Infinity, Senator José M. Serrano/Legislative Initiative Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts, Archival Methods, Loupe Digital Studio, members and friends.

To view an interview on NBC featuring Adriana Groisman and The Executive Director of Enfoco Miriam Romez speaking about the exhibition and the artist talk, click here.

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