Not a Person’s First Name Art Is: The Kavouras/Tracy Project

By Robert Tracy.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Professors Kavouras and Tracy will explore, through a sustained interdisciplinary collaboration involving the formal elements of movement, sight, sound and text, a number of contemporary motifs affecting artistic expression in this the first decade of the Twenty-first Century. Over the course of several semesters, ideas were exchanged and reflected upon which, after having been subjected to the alchemist’s cauldron, became part of a journey leading us out of darkness and into the light. The poetic beauty of language (stream of consciousness text) and choreography (the primal beauty of physical movement) will carry the burden of an extended narrative, thereby enabling Kavouras and Tracy to consciously choose to open a principle door of signification and pass into an existential arena where the accumulated language of aesthetic fermentations have been brewing and resonating for some time. This collaboration began with the common recognition by Kavouras and Tracy that the contemporary learning process at universities and colleges has been transformed and remade by students who demand greater interactivity and the right to discover for themselves. The Kavouras/Tracy Project then, is a vast canvas that moves beyond the four defining walls of a university classroom in favor of an engaging and changing perspective that, we hope, reshapes and integrates “the examined life” by bringing it out of the shadows and into the light where something is possible, where something that matters materializes. And throughout this collaborative process, Andy Warhol’s famous line, “Art is not a person’s first name”, resonated in our ears and our consciousness as we explored the areas of overlap between Architecture, Art, Dance, Film, Music and Theatre within contemporary society. In one sense we can’t help it…we have to look. To view the Kavouras Tracy Project film, which was an integral component of this effort from the very beginning, go to the following URL: This film may also be viewed on YouTube at the following (please note the thirty minute video required three separate YouTube sites:;;

Keywords: Explore, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Formal Elements, Contemporary Motifs, First Decade of the 21st Century, Poetic Beauty of Choreography, Extended Narrative, Pass into an Existential Arena, Aesthetic Fermentations, Combine Together as Supporting Incidents, Multiple Levels of Layered Images, Planes of Point and Counterpoint, Myriad Condensations and Gestures, A Discernible Passage, From Outside to Inside, Circle Back Again to Common Experience

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.81-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.134MB).

Dr. Robert Tracy

Professor/Curator, College of Fine Arts, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Professor of Art and Architecture History, Theory and Criticism as well as Exhibitions Curator for the Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). This proposal will be the third collaboration with Professor Louis Kavouras involving the theoretical interplay of shadows cast between studios where research in the visual arts and choreography intermingle and reference one another.


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