Guy de Cointet’s Five Sisters and Marie de Brugerolle’s Who’s That Guy?
May 8 2012
Guy de Cointet’s play Five Sisters, a meditation on glamor, beauty and feelings performed on April 27th at the LACMA, will be staged at the MoMA in New York on the 9th and 10th of May as part of their Words in the World program. The performance coincides with the screening of a documentary film about de Cointet made last year by Marie de Brugerolle, an art historian and dramatist. The film, Who’s That Guy? Tell Me More About Guy de Cointet should make known to a wider audience a French artist whose oeuvre is mostly referred to as “unmined” ; it played at the MoMA last Wednesday and was followed by a conversation with Marie de Brugerolle, Tim Griffin, Connie Butler and two of the performers from Five Sisters, Adva Zakai and Veridiana Zurita. Originally conceived with the artist Eric Orr, this re-staging of the play is in collaboration with the artist Elizabeth Orr, his daughter, who produces the sound and lighting. De Cointet’s paintings are better known than his performances now, so this will be an opportunity to see what correspondences there are between his word-as-thing coded letter paintings and the physical articulations of the angular women in his performances. Much has been made of his combination of the daily soap opera “low” culture of his adopted city and French haute literary theory, but it should be interesting to look more closely at what he draws from the fine arts world of ‘70s and ‘80s LA and the campy pop culture of his native France. (Eva Kenny)