Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol

November 2, 2012 - March 24, 2013

Internationally acclaimed artist Sharon Lockhart explores the work of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol in a large-scale film installation and series of photographs. A selection of Eshkol’s wall carpets and materials from her archive are also on view.

Sharon Lockhart, still from Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol, 2011, five-channel installation (35mm film transferred to HD). Courtesy of the artist, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and neugerriemschneider, Berlin.

Noa Eshkol, Creeper on a Tree, 2000s, mixed-media textile. Courtesy of the Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin.

The most recent body of work by the Los Angeles-based artist Sharon Lockhart (born 1964) engages the work of the Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol (1920–2007). Since the 1990s, Lockhart has examined specific moments in the everyday life of particular communities. Through extensive research and by working closely with her subjects, sometimes over a span of years, she gains an understanding of their day-to-day rhythms and routine movements. With her camera, she both choreographs and captures this collaborative experience.

Lockhart conceives this project as a two-person exhibition: she integrates her film installation and a series of her related photographs with a selection of scores, drawings, and textiles by Eshkol. The centerpiece is Lockhart’s Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol, a large-scale film installation that features a selection of Eshkol’s dances, performed with nine of her textile works, known as “wall carpets.” The five channels are projected onto carefully positioned sculptural volumes that create a winding corridor through the exhibition’s primary gallery, encouraging the viewer to move through the space in tandem with each projection. The elements of the soundtrack, a ticking metronome and the subtle sounds of the dancers’ movements, work together to indicate proper timing.

While Eshkol considered her dances and wall carpets separate artistic practices, Lockhart presents them together for the first time, illuminating correspondences between them. The exhibition creates an encounter between the two artists that explores the nature of artistic practice, its preservation, and its interpretation, as well as the experience and representation of space, time, and movement.

Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Leadership support for the Jewish Museum presentation is provided by the Estate of Lyn Barris.
The Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group’s performance on March 10th is made possible by Jody and John Arnhold, The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Artis, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.
Initial support for Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol was provided by The Tel Aviv / Los Angeles Partnership–a collaborative project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and the Jewish Agency for Israel; and The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Los Angeles.