testsite 15.2: Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio

testsite 15.2


Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio

May 3rd - July 26th, 2015

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Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio, still from Honey Baby (2013). Video, duration 13 minutes 58 seconds. Edition of 6 + 2 AP. Performer Nick Sciscione; Videographer Kirsten Johnson; Composer Tom Laurie. © Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio; Courtesy of the artists and Luhring Augustine, New York.

Project Details

Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present incubator, a collaboration between visual artist Janine Antoni and choreographer Stephen Petronio that prompts the conversation between sculpture and dance. Curated by Louis Grachos and Andrea Mellard, the presentation at testsite will feature site-specific installations, video work, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition is co-organized by testsite and The Contemporary Austin and opens at testsite on Sunday, May 3rd with a public reception from 4 to 6 pm and an artists-curators talk at 4:30 pm.

incubator includes the artists’ first visual collaboration, Honey Baby (2013), a video of a folding, tumbling body within a honey-filled environment. Since 2013, their projects have integrated sculpture, dance, and their own images to create odd character couplings. Through an aesthetically aligned approach, Antoni and Petronio explore states of physical intensity, unleashing visceral and emotional responses. The artists will continue to blur their body-focused disciplines on a deeper and extended scale in a related, future project within the space of The Contemporary Austin.


Louis Grachos has more than thirty years of experience in the museum field supporting cutting-edge contemporary art. Since January 2013, he has served as the Ernest and Sarah Butler Executive Director at The Contemporary Austin, where he led a successful rebranding of the recently merged AMOA and Arthouse institutions, encapsulating the museum’s mission to reflect the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. As Executive Director, Grachos brings ambitious exhibitions and site-specific commissions to The Contemporary Austin as well as diverse and engaging educational and public programming to the city, working collaboratively with Austin’s cultural community. He also led a successful $9 million grant project to embark on a thoughtful and forward-looking landscape master plan for The Contemporary’s Laguna Gloria venue, which will showcase the museum’s unique position as a contemporary art destination with important urban and outdoor sites. Previously, Grachos served as Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, from 2003–2012. He has held curatorial and administrative positions at the Americas Society Visual Arts Program, New York; the Queens Museum of Art; the Center for the Fine Arts, Miami; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and SITE Santa Fe.

Andrea Mellard is Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement for The Contemporary Austin. She curates innovative programming that takes advantage of the museum’s two distinct sites—one urban and the other natural. Her Signature Sound Series, Visiting Lectures, and Rooftop Architecture and Design Film Series programs provide platforms for audiences to come together, investigate art, and create new experiences. She curated recent projects with Nick Cave, Sam Green and Yo La Tengo, Lucky Dragons, and Sanford Biggers. Mellard aims to present cultural opportunities for people of all ages that reflect the eclectic and collaborative spirit of the city. She has over 13 years of museum experience, and a M.A. in American Studies from The University of Texas inflects her interdisciplinary approach to contemporary culture.

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