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The Body Language digital exhibit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art features commentary from assorted experts, curators, dancers, and choreographers, all of whom provide insight into understanding how sculpture communicates. The exhibit uses 20 works from three museum departments: European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Medieval Art, and the American Wing. For example, a video commentary on Rodin's The Burghers of Calais includes Sam Pinkleton, a theater director and choreographer, who says, "If you actually get into that shape, you feel anxiety build in your body." The video also shows actors taking on the poses of the figures in the sculpture. Augustus Saint-Gaudens' bronze Diana, 1893-94, is accompanied by commentary from Bill T. Jones and curator Thayer Tolles. Body Language is also available as an audio tour at the Met, and the website provides a PDF map showing where all of the sculptures are located.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-05-17
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0517

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