ON DISPLAY GLOBAL - Democrat & Chronicle - Austin, Texas / by Heidi Latsky

On Display: A human sculpture court at MAG

Austin Kelly, 22, considered a high functioning autistic, practices dance at Flower City Ballet on Thursdays. Kelly is performing in On Display at the Memorial Art Gallery.(Photo: OLIVIA LOPEZ/@olopez4/staff photographer)

Austin Kelly, 22, considered a high functioning autistic, practices dance at Flower City Ballet on Thursdays. Kelly is performing in On Display at the Memorial Art Gallery.(Photo: OLIVIA LOPEZ/@olopez4/staff photographer)

Welcome to the sculpture court. You’ve seen them before, in museums. There stands a figure with a missing leg. And another, seemingly complete. They are of many races and body shapes and sizes, as though they’ve been collected from all around the world for you to stare at and think about.

And then, they begin to move.

“It’s a human sculpture court,” Heidi Latsky says. “We’re creating a safe place for people to stare.”

This is On Display, what Latsky, a New York City choreographer, calls a “moving installation.” It is a deconstructed art exhibit. A fashion show where everything isn’t perfect. Heidi Latsky Dance has staged these in New York City's Times Square and Chinatown, in Canada, Italy, Spain and in the lobby of the United Nations building. And it is coming to the Memorial Art Gallery for two hour-long performances next week: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Twenty to 30 figures, dressed in white, like statues. The one with the missing leg is Adalquis Bruno. The one who’s seemingly complete, Austin Kelly.

“In a disability world, a lot of people experience being stared at, or they see others averting their eyes,” Latsky says. On Display grants permission for visitors to the exhibition to look at their fellow humans just as they might examine “Torso of a Young Man,” one of the ancient armless, legless — headless even — ancient world statues at the MAG. Guests are encouraged to take photos and post them on social media.

And the dancers of On Display will be looking back as well... read more