Throwback Thursday: Pablo Bronstein’s 'Intermezzo: Two girls wear fashion garments on a palm tree'

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With his irreverent tableaux in which sculpture, drawing, and performance are combined, London-based artist Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977, Argentina) has been exploring the history of architecture as a projection of human fantasies and desires. Bronstein's choreographic pastiches reference a wide range of styles and aesthetics, mixing Neo-classicism and Postmodernism, Baroque and camp, while his meticulously detailed ink drawings compose a vast repertoire of ornaments, decorations, and other architectural guilty pleasures.

In September 2013, Bronstein conceived a new performance specifically for the High Line titled Intermezzo: Two girls wear fashion garments on a palm tree. Installed on the High Line as an incongruous presence, a tall palm tree functioned as the center point of the performance in which two dancers – dressed in fancy gowns – climbed to the top of the tree with the help of a scissor lift.

The performance began with two dancers promenading one after the other along the High Line, each performing different dances to different music. The performance ended at the top of the palm tree, where the dancers performed in unison. As a contemporary urban folly, Bronstein's incursion on the High Line momentarily turned the park into a Felliniesque carnival, a surreal parade which plays with two of the main features of the park, its vegetation and the irresistible fascination of people-watching.

Pablo Bronstein's High Line Performance Intermezzo: Two girls wear fashion garments on a palm tree was presented on the High Line on September 19, 2013 at West 13th Street.

Photos by Liz Ligon

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