- Contemporary Art at the Gardner
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- Sophie Calle: Last Seen
- Hamra Abbas: Wall Hanging I
- Adam Pendleton: Untitled
- Raqs Media Collective: The Great Bare Mat & Constellation
- Stefano Arienti: Wild Carrot
- Luisa Lambri: Portrait
- Magic Moments: The Screen and the Eye–9 Artists 9 Projections
- (TAPESTRY) RADIO ON: New Work by Victoria Morton at the Gardner
- Points of View: 20 Years Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner
- Stefano Arienti: Ailanthus
- Danijel Zezelj: Once
- Taro Shinoda: Lunar Reflections
- Su-Mei Tse: Floating Memories
- Luisa Rabbia: Travels with Isabella, Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008
- Cliff Evans: Empyrean
- Stefano Arienti: The Asian Shore
- Sculpture and Memory: Works from the Gardner and by Luigi Ontani
- Henrik Håkansson: Cyanopsitta spixii Case Study #001
- Michele Iodice: A Pagan Feast
- Variations On a Theme by Sol Lewitt and Paula Robison
- Danijel Zezelj: Stray Dogs
- Dayanita Singh: Chairs
- Maurizio Cannavacciuolo: TV Dinner
- Elaine Reichek: madamimadam
- Joseph Kosuth: Artist, Curator, Collector
- Nari Ward: Episodes: Bus Park & Forevermore
- Manfred Bischoff
- Ackroyd & Harvey: Presence
- Laura Owens
- Denise Marika: New Works by Denise Marika
- Dorit Cypis: The Body in the Picture
- Artists By 1993
Perhaps best known for her Broadway and international smash hit Runaways, Elizabeth Swados has composed, written and directed for over thirty years. Some of her works include the Obie Award-winning Trilogy at La MaMa, Alice at the Palace with Meryl Streep at the New York Shakespeare Theater Festival and Groundhog, which was optioned by Milos Forman for a film. She composed and wrote La MaMa Cantata, a theatrical oratorio in honor of Ellen Stewart, which continues to tour the Middle East, Europe, and other countries.
Her work has been performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, at La MaMa, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, and locations all over the world. She has composed highly acclaimed dance scores for well known choreographers in the US, Europe and South America. Ms. Swados has also attributed scores to many films, including the documentary, Auf Wiedersehen, about a family searching for the truth about the Nazi participation in Vienna and the Jews who may have aided them.
Ms. Swados has been creating issue-oriented theater with young people for her entire career. This work has culminated in a theatrical extravaganza for New York University, The Reality Show, about the trials, tribulations and joys of college in New York City. The piece uses rock and roll, dance and edgy humor and is performed each year by NYU students at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and the Beacon Theatre. The Reality Show has also become international, and is performed for the new NYU campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.
Her musical Kaspar Hauser: a foundling’s opera, premiered at the Flea Theater in Manhattan in the Spring of 2009, and was featured in PAPER’s list of Downtown Theater Favorites of 2009. Other recent productions include Books Cook!, Revolting Rhymes, and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales at the Atlantic Theater Company, Atonement, a theatrical oratorio presented by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, an adaptation of S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk at NYU/Tisch, Spider Operas at PS122 (with Mabou Mines), and Political Subversities, a political revue that has been presented in two Culture Project festivals as well as at Joe’s Pub.
In conjunction with Forward Face, Ms. Swados has released a children’s CD called Everyone is Different that has been distributed to three thousand schools around the country. She has published novels, non-fiction books, and children’s books to great acclaim, and received the Ken Award as well as a New York Public Library Award for her book My Depression: A Picture Book. My Depression is currently being developed as an animated movie for HBO. Ms. Swados published a theatrical textbook, At Play: Teaching Teenagers Theater, and she has released her collections of poems through Hanging Loose Press. The One and Only Human Galaxy explores the life of Harry Houdini and experiments with the idea of escapism. Her second collection, The Contest, was released in the summer of 2013.
Other awards include five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, Guggenheim Fellowship, Ford Grant, Helen Hayes Award, Lila Acheson Wallace Grant, PEN Citation and others.
At the Gardner, Elizabeth Swados presented her orchestration of Song of Songs in Fenway Court. A vocal piece for twenty voices and four musicians, Song of Songs is based on a book of the Old Testament. Swados and members of her ensemble worked with area musicians and singers for these performances, for which she held auditions over two days for voices with diverse singing experience. Swados also lectured in the Museum’s Eye of the Beholder series.