Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson
The Sergej Jensen exhibition includes more than twenty works produced over the past eight years, as well as a number of new pieces created by the artist on site at MoMA PS1. 'Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely' brings together bodies of work that touch on voyeurism, loneliness, the manipulative power of the camera, and the urge to connect with others, through, within, and apart from technology and the media. 'Modern Women: Single Channel', is a group exhibition drawn from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, focusing on the work of eleven women artists in single-channel video.
curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson
MoMA PS1 presents the first American museum survey of the paintings of Berlin-based artist Sergej Jensen. The exhibition includes more than twenty works produced over the past eight years, as well as a number of new pieces created by the artist on site at MoMA PS1. The exhibition will be on view in the Second Floor Kunsthalle gallery.
Constructed from a wide range of found textiles, Jensen’s paintings recall elements of classic modern abstraction. The linens, silks, cashmeres, burlaps, wools and canvases that he employs have all been exposed to a range of conditions, activities and owners, and Jensen—who once described his work as “painting without paint”—often adopts as pictorial elements the traces of wear and prior use that mark his fabrics. He stretches, glues, and sews them onto or into one another, sometimes treating these found supports with bleach, dyes, diamond dust, or other substances to make the final work. Combining the purposeful with the accidental, Jensen’s work gives shape to recent reconsiderations of modernism’s utopias; his paintings remind us that those myths survive today only as style.
Sergej Jensen is organized by the Aspen Art Museum. The exhibition is curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and organized at MoMA PS1 by Peter Eleey, Curator of MoMA PS1.
DISTANZ Verlag will publish the first monographic catalogue of Sergej Jensen during the exhibition, which is available for pre-order at MoMA PS1’s Artbook bookstore. Texts by Helmut Draxler, Peter Eleey, Jacob Fabricius, Rainald Goetz, Melanie Ohnemus, Susanne Pfeffer, and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson in both English and German.
Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely
Laurel Nakadate is known for her works in video, photography, and feature-length film. This is Nakadate's first large-scale museum exhibition and will feature works made over the last ten years in all three media, including her early video works, in which she was invited into the homes of anonymous men to dance, pose, or even play dead in their kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms.
Also included will be Good Morning, Sunshine (2009), a more recent work in which Nakadate enters the bedrooms of young women, wakes them, and instructs each to strip down to their underwear for the camera. Nakadate's two features, Stay the Same Never Change (2009) and The Wolf Knife (2010) mine similar terrain-the power and fragility of the adolescent female body. The exhibition will also be the premiere of Nakadate's latest photographic series, 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears, currently in progress. These photographs document a year-long performance that began on January 1, 2010, in which the artist documented, and continues to document herself before, during, and after weeping each day.
The exhibition brings together bodies of work that touch on voyeurism, loneliness, the manipulative power of the camera, and the urge to connect with others, through, within, and apart from technology and the media.
Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation. Generous support is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
Modern Women: Single Channel
Artists include: Lynda Benglis, Dara Birnbaum, VALIE EXPORT, Mako Idemitsu, Joan Jonas, Kristin Lucas, Mary Miss, Pipilotti Rist, Carolee Schneemann, and Steina Vasulka
MoMA PS1 presents Modern Women: Single Channel, a group exhibition drawn from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art focusing on the work of eleven women artists in single-channel video. The exhibition, which charts the medium’s history from its earliest innovations to the work of some of today’s younger practitioners, is on view on the second floor beginning January 23, 2011.
Spanning the 1960s to the late 1990s, the featured videos were made by women artists working across the globe, in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Japan. Together they demonstrate the myriad ways in which women have expanded single-channel video, using it as a platform for formal and conceptual experimentation. The works in the exhibition exploit the full range of video’s artistic potential, testing the limits of narrative and the relationship between live performance and its documentation, as well as critically examining the medium’s role in the shaping and distribution of popular culture; the themes of gender, sexuality, and the body are also explored. The contributions by these women artists helped to establish single-channel video as one of the most important art forms of the last forty years.
Modern Women: Single Channel is organized by Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montclair Art Museum and co-editor of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art.
Image: © Sergej Jensen / P.S.1 2010
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