According to Jacques Derrida, structure -- the structure of language, for example -- occupies an impossible and ideal position: it at once posits an absolute center that holds everything together and a meta-perspective that also holds everything together. For Derrida, then, structure is defined by a
Gilles Deleuze was a French philosopher whose work resists facile classifications such as Postmodern or Poststructural. Indeed, the concept at the core of his methodology -- if we can still use that word -- is difference. According to the odd logic of difference, a thing -- a text, a chair, a concep
Alexander Calder brought motion to sculpture. An incredibly playful spirit, Calder channeled his joy into a deeply informed and influential body of work that spans mediums from simple line drawings to massive steel sculptures. Calder's work reminds us of childhood fantasies like infinite slides and
Considered the modern mistress of complex movement, Twyla Tharp takes Merce Cunningham's structural bylaws to their Postmodern conclusions. Tharp's propensity toward permutation and highly abstract schemes has renewed the maverick spirit of Modern Dance.
An affluent child of suburbia, Tharp enjoy