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Melinda Ring, Critic

Melinda Ring, Performance Artist Originally from Los Angeles where she received a BA in Dance from University of California, Los Angeles in1982, Ms. Ring moved to New York after receiving her MFA from Bennington College in 2001. In her work, she explores a very liberal definition of choreography creating dances, performance pieces, videos and installations. She founded her company, Special Projects, in 2004. Recently, Ms. Ring’s work has been commissioned and presented by Headlands Center for the Arts, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, MASS MoCA , The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Whitney Biennial, Mount Tremper Arts, and Santa Monica Museum of Art. In 2012/2013 Ring was an artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Gibney Dance Center (DiP), and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Swing Space). She was the curator for Danspace Project’s Spring 2011 Platform, “Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective”, and their Fall 2012 “Judson Now” Platform program “Dance by Default”. As a performer she has worked for artist Paul McCarthy on numerous projects, beginning in 1997 with Santa Chocolate Shop and continuing to the present. Ms. Ring’s current project, Forgetful Snow, a triptych comprised of two durational performances and an evening-length dance, will be shown at The Kitchen, New York, in May 2014 and The Box, Los Angeles, in July 2014. She was appointed critic in sculpture at Yale in 2014.

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