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hog ranch, hogwash, or putting lipstick on a pig | Kayt MacMaster Dance at KAM

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College of Fine and Applied Arts, Dance at Illinois and Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum - Main Level, Kinkead Gallery and Contemporary Gallery
Mar 24, 2022   6:30 pm  
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hog ranch, hogwash, or putting lipstick on a pig, is an immersive dance experience devised and performed by Kayt MacMaster at Krannert Art Museum.

Inspired by the lives and legends of cowgirls and showgirls on the American frontier, this work explores unbelievable exaggeration, solo travel, and self-legendizing as feminist acts of resistance.

MacMaster blends structures of scavenger hunts, museum audio tours, and burlesque historical reenactments in order to transform a maze of galleries into a trail that follows the ever-sprawling mythological and geographic borderline of the American west.

Artworks in the museum’s collection serve as landmarks on a journey that slips between fact and fiction, real and surreal.

With her collaborative team — including dramaturg Sarah Marks Mininsohn, composer Ken Beck, and director Rachel Rizzuto — MacMaster’s performance unearths and exalts the feminine and the unruly, the combination of which will be situated bawdily inside the museum space.


Tickets are required and limited to 25 per performance. Admission is free. | Order Tickets Online

Attendees should plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Performances are approximately 60 minutes long.

Audience members will need a smartphone/tablet/laptop and headphones to fully participate in the performance. A limited number of iPads and headphones will be available to audience members who require them. If you need to reserve loanable technology ahead of time, please email

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