Though the ceremonies will be officiated by an ordained minister, they of course won’t be legal. Cornelius dodges the question of legality. “It’s as legal as it needs to be for the piece to be an art piece,” she says. “Reality requires a suspension of disbelief. So does art.”
The “Bridge” was originally constructed for Holly Bass, a local performance artist who danced for seven hours in a piece called “Moneymaker.” In March, six men led by artist Jefferson Pinder rowed themselves to exhaustion at the Corcoran. Both performances were hugely well received, says Sarah Newman, the museum’s curator of contemporary art.
“We’re making [performance art] a much bigger priority in the future, and we are going to launch a major performance series later this year,” she adds.
“Save the Date” was a natural fit for the “Take It to the Bridge” series, which coincides with the Corcoran’s Free Summer Saturdays, because it brings both gravity and humor to a subject that feels personal to almost everyone, says Blair Murphy, programming director for the Washington Project for the Arts. And it’s especially appropriate given that the Corcoran is regularly rented out for lavish weddings throughout the year.