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‘Grace': An Exhibition by Renowned Photographer Joanne Savio To Open At NYU Abu Dhabi

The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi is pleased to announce the next show at its auxiliary venue, The Project Space. Presented in collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and the NYUAD Arts Center, Grace: A Retrospective of Dance Portraiture and Performance 1986-2004 will showcase select works by NYU Abu Dhabi faculty member Joanne Savio, a prominent and respected American photographer.

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Joanne Savio Pina Bausch Archival Digital Print from Film Negative, 64cm x 64cm Photograph for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Next Wave Festival, 1994 Image courtesy the artist

This exhibition of Savio’s work highlights a near twenty-year period where she continually returned to the dance world for inspiration. Her portraits include some of the most celebrated dancers and choreographers in the field.

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Joanne Savio Elizabeth Streb Archival Digital Print from Film Negative, 64cm x 64cm Dance Ink Photographs, 1997 Image courtesy the artist

A graduate of The Cooper Union in New York, Savio has been a photographer and teacher for nearly three decades. Her other work includes documentary projects, and portraiture work in the music industry and the arts. Savio’s work has been widely published in periodicals, journals, and books and her work is privately collected.

Savio has been an Arts Professor in the Film and New Media Program at NYU Abu Dhabi since 2010. Before coming to NYUAD she taught in the Film and Television Department at NYU since 1995. In 2002, she launched NYU’s first production courses in documentary filmmaking and photography in Havana, Cuba. These courses remain essential to the program today.


Opening Reception: Thursday, February 9th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Related events: Join the Arts Center team for talks with Trisha Brown Dance Company: February 23: 10-11am, February 24: 10-11am, 3-4pm, February 25, 10am-11am, 3-4pm (talks take place inside the Project Space)

All events are free and open to the public.


Grace: A Retrospective of Dance Portraiture and Performance 1986-2004 

February 9 – February 25, 2017


The Project Space, NYU Abu Dhabi (inside the Arts Center)

Saturday-Thursday, 3-10pm

Details on the website


About The Project Space

The Project Space, operated by the staff of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and housed within the campus’ Arts Center, is dedicated to NYU Abu Dhabi community projects. Providing a platform for experimentation and exploration, the Project Space gives priority to exhibitions of the academic community, such as the annual Capstone Festival, semester-end exhibitions of student works, and faculty-curated exhibitions.

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