Brennan Gerard Ryan Kelly

Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program and are currently pursuing MFAs in the Interdisciplinary Studio program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gerard received a BA from Yale University in 2001, and Kelly was a dancer with New York City Ballet, receiving a BA from Fordham University in 2008. Collaborating since 2003, Gerard and Kelly approach art as a series of experiments to work through questions of spectatorship, desire, authorship, and the formation of political consciousness. Their hybridized works—combining performance, choreography, text, sound, and video—draw from a wide range of discourses to articulate alternatives to a world entertained 24/7 by spectacle and celebrity culture. Their work has been shown in New York at The Kitchen, Art in General, Park Avenue Armory, Volta Art Fair, Burning Bridges, Prelude 08 Festival, Whitney Museum of American Art, EFA Project Space, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, as well as at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (Lisbon), Maastricht Toneelstad Festival (Netherlands), La Générale and il faut brûler pour briller (Paris), Renaissance Society (Chicago), Studio 303 (Montréal), Greenwich Music Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Mount Tremper Arts Festival. Gerard and Kelly are the founders and co-directors of Moving Theater.