Dickie Landry In Residence

Presented by University of Wyoming Art Museum, Center for the Arts, Dancers' Workshop, Art Association of Jackson Hole


Friday, October 9 + Monday, October 12

12PM Public Gallery Tour + Artist Talk

Wednesday, October 14

5:30PM / Opening Reception - Art Association Gallery

7:30PM / Trialogue - The Center Theater

Cecilia, Louisiana born artist, composer, musician, and photographer Dickie Landry will be in Jackson October 8-14, 2015 as part of a residency presented in collaboration with University of Wyoming, Center for the Arts, Dancers’ Workshop, and Art Association of Jackson Hole. Landry spent his formative creative years in New York City during the 1970s, a time of a burgeoning avant-garde scene as artists, musicians, composers, dancers, and performance artists rebelled against the accepted traditions and sought new ways of creative expression.

Dickie Landry: Explorations in Axonometric Projection, will hang in the Art Association Gallery at The Center from October 8-November 13. The exhibition focuses on Landry’s work in drawing, rayographs, and painting. The single shape that forms his fundamental visual motif is the outline of an axonometric projection—a shape made from rotating an object to reveal its three dimensions, in this case a cube. Landry refers to the tube television screens of the 1950s, the cloudy glass, slightly rounded at the corners shape of which he “squared off.”

The earliest works on view—the “rayographs” made from exposing photographic paper to light that included the use of templates of cutout dancers—represent his earliest investigations from the 1970s. His work from the time included experiments with photography, film, and drawing with which he moved between easily. His investigations were free-flowing, intuitive, and process-based.

Landry began painting in 1994. His large works are made with acrylic paint and oil stick on canvas, which enables a building up of texture. Landry’s compositions create powerful, minimalistic images that play space, form, and color in a tense dialogue. More than variations on a theme, each painting is an idea unto itself, at times playful, suggestive, and unique.

A companion exhibition, Dickie Landry, Composer. Saxophonist. Photographer. Artist., is on view at the University of Wyoming Art Museum through December 21, 2015.

The community is invited to attend a special opening reception in the Art Association Gallery on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30PM including a free performance of “Trialogue” in The Center Theater at 7:30PM. The reception will feature light fare catered by Hotel Terra Jackson Hole.

“Trialogue” is a multidisciplinary live performance of movement, music and visual art in conversation with each other. “Trialogue” premiered in 1982 at the New York Improvisational Festival. The newly reset piece is choreographed by Babs Case and performed by Francesca Romo, accompanied by Dickie Landry on saxophone.

In addition to his art exhibition and live performance, Landry will lead a New Music Composers Workshop on October 10, lunchtime public gallery tours and artist talks on October 9 and 12, as well as speaking to an art class from Jackson Hole High School. A companion exhibition, Dickie Landry, Composer. Saxophonist. Photographer. Artist., is on view at the University of Wyoming Art Museum through December 19, 2015.


University of Wyoming Art Museum | Center for the Arts | Dancers’ Workshop | Art Association of Jackson Hole


Pam Case & Larry Berlin | Center of Wonder | Dancers’ Workshop Board of Directors | E/Ye Design | Pamela & Scott Gibson | Habits :: Jackson Hole | Hotel Terra Jackson Hole | Judy & Don Opatrny | Linda and Larry Perlman | Ann & Steve Ryan | Polly & Richard Spencer | Tayloe Piggott Gallery | US Bancorp | Barbara & John Vogelstein Foundation | Willow Street Group in memory of Stephen Adamson | Wyoming Arts Council | Wyoming Humanities Council

Local Media Coverage on Dickie Landry's Residency in Jackson:

"Artist Explores 3-D without leaving canvas" | Jackson Hole News & Guide | October 7, 2015

"When the love of art, collaboration endures" | Planet JH | October 7, 2015


Landry was a fixture in the avant-garde art scene in New York City in the 1960s when he ran with a crowd of artists, musicians, dancers and theater people that included Keith Sonnier, Robert Rauschenberg, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Susan Rothenberg, Nancy Graves, Spalding Grey, Joan Jonas, Richard Serra, Mabou Mines, Chuck Close, Robert Wilson, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, Bruce Nauman, Trisha Brown, Deborah Hay, Mary Heilman and others who are now considered visionaries in their respective fields. It was at this time that Landry took up photography, not as an art form but simply to supplement his income.

Landry has performed in major concert halls, art galleries, museums, universities and churches including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, The Kitchen, Metropolitan Opera House, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Leo Castelli Gallery, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery, Washington, DC as well as the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. Landry often performs in the South including New Orleans Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center and New Orleans Jazz Festival in Louisiana, and in Houston, Texas at The Fine Arts Museum, Rice University, Rothko Chapel, Contemporary Art Museum and The New Music America Festival in Houston, Texas and Miami, Florida.

In addition to Landry's solo career, he has collaborated with other composers, artists and choreographers. In 1969 he was a founding member of the original group that formed the Philip Glass Ensemble and performed with the ensemble till 1981.

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