Friday, October 16, 2009

Dance at the Noah Purifoy Site

Last weekend we got to see a group of dancers from Los Angeles filming a video at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum in Joshua Tree. This particular segment was shot at the installation called the Graveyard.

Purifoy was an assemblage artist whose creations live on at his 7.5-acre art ranch. He was a co-founder of the Watts Towers Art Center in the 1960s and a founding member of the California Arts Council in the 1970s—but this property in Joshua Tree is where he really let himself go. To learn more about his life, click here.

There’s nothing quite like wandering around this place. You get the feeling that you’ll never see it all. It’s weird, wacky, and inspiring. Purifoy himself said, “I hope my work provides inspiration for a person to do today what they couldn’t do yesterday, no matter what it is.”

BTW: The last two photos are part of an installation called The White House--the two hanging slabs are inscribed with the Declaration of Independence.