American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Michelson, Albert Abraham 1852-1931. German-born American physicist who with Edward Morley disproved the existence of ether, the hypothetical medium of electromagnetic waves. He won a 1907 Nobel Prize in physics.
- n. United States physicist (born in Germany) who collaborated with Morley in the Michelson-Morley experiment (1852-1931)
“Her name Michelson, a woman full of whimseys partly hysterical, partly religious; and inflamed with a zealous concern for the ecclesiastical discipline of the Presbyterians.”
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“In 1887, Albert Michelson and Edward Morley performed just such an experiment (now known as the Michelson-Morley experiment).”
“Indeed, the profane has historically been ascribed within the intellectual realm of the female, and Michelson's literal pun of distributing professionalism along gender lines works in tandem with her appropriation of the male-written text here, by God as well as Maxwell into a female-danced and female-spoken meditation on solidarity, echoing, among others, the feminist programs of Sherrie Levine's photography and Abigail Solomon-Godeau's criticism.”
“But then again, a feminist reading is only one of many that Michelson invites in in order to deconstruct.”
“But much of that work is highly purist, and one consequence of Michelson's casting choice is the way in which it undermines the notion of Modern Dance as sacred.”
“Michelson seems, in Devotion, to be particularly engaged with populating the space of the sacred both in the literal and in the figurative senses with the personal, the flawed, the contemporary -- in a word, the profane.”
“Fletcher, one of the two non-dancers cast in the male roles of choreographer Sarah Michelson's latest work, is not only not a dancer but also not in particularly stellar shape, and his shirtless torso, the more liquid parts set a-jiggle by the extreme demands of Michelson's choreography and a harsh light pendulum swinging overhead, stand in stark contrast to the prodigious technique of the female cast members.”
“But if Michelson's work deconstructs the sacred, refusing the definitiveness of any canon or idol worship -- religious, artistic, philosophical or otherwise -- she builds something unarguable in its place: a heartbreaking rumination on the story of female alterity.”
“Sitting in a 300-person audience with Marina Abramovic and members of the Wooster Group, one gets the sense that Michelson, for those that don't know her work, is an artist's artist.”
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