Rebecca Morris: Frankenstein. In response to the warm gray concrete block walls and brown steel beam architectural space of the Project Room, Morris has created a series of large-scale paintings in black, gray, and brown. Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979-2000, a sustained aesthetic inquiry by a distinguished American artist into the relationship between art and the museum.
Rebecca Morris: Frankenstein
From December 13, 2003 to February 7, 2004, the Project Room of the Santa Monica Museum of Art will present Frankenstein, a Rebecca Morris exhibition organized by Elsa Longhauser. In response to the warm gray concrete block walls and brown steel beam architectural space of the Project Room, Morris has created a series of large-scale paintings in black, gray, and brown. Morris uses large-scale canvases to explore her architectural approach to space within a painting. Foreground, middle ground, and background are assiduously, even aggressively defined. With color fields, grids, dense stylized beams, and groupings of patterns, Morris' intensely intelligent abstract paintings confront the viewer with the rawness of congealed paint skins and metallic spray paint textures.
Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations 1979-2000
Organized by the Center for Art and Visual Culture, UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland and curator Maurice Berger
From December 13, 2003 through February 7, 2004, Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979-2000, a sustained aesthetic inquiry by a distinguished American artist into the relationship between art and the museum. The exhibition is organized by Maurice Berger and the Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Wilson's 'mock' museum installations, into which he places provocative and beautifully rendered objects, explore the question of how the museum consciously or unconsciously perpetuates prejudice. Generous support for Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979-2000 comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts Council. The opening reception is Friday, December 12, 2003, 6-8 p.m. There will be a Kids' Art Station Workshop during the opening reception 6-7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for museum members; $12 for non-members; reservations requiredâ€”call 310 586-6488 ext. 32. In-kind support is provided by Best Western Marina Pacific Hotel & Suites, Crystal Geyser Water Company, Duke's Malibu, Grey Goose Vodka, Odwalla, Real Soda in Real Bottles, and White Rock Mixers.
Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979--2000 is comprised of more than 100 objects, with the subject matter of the artist's production ranging from Egyptian, to classical, to 'primitivism.' The exhibition includes such installations as Guarded View, (1991, 4 mannequins with museum guard uniforms, mannequins: 75 x 48 x 166 inches, base: 9 x 14 x 4 feet, exhibition copy. Original in the collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), four headless mannequins wearing museum guard uniforms, standing on a raised platform; and Cabinet Making: 1820-1960 (selections from the Maryland Historical Society, armchair, c. 1889, maker unknown, (probably Baltimore), wood mother of pearl, brocade; armchair, c. 1855, made by J.H. Belter, New York, rosewood; side chair with logo of Baltimore Equitable Society, Baltimore, c 1820-40, poplar, paint, and gilding; 1840-60, maker unknown (possibly Baltimore) walnut; whipping post, date unknown, maker unknown, gift of the Baltimore City Jail Board, wood), four Victorian chairs grouped intimately by Wilson around the undated wooden whipping post. Wilson's compelling understanding of museum culture derives from his many years of observationâ€”first as a young person visiting and taking classes at museums, and later as a college student, museum guard, museum educator, curator, and artistâ€”of the race-driven dynamics of museum environments.
New York-based artist Fred Wilson is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award winner. Selected to represent the United States at the recent 50th Annual Venice Biennale, Wilson's work is in the collections of such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New School for Social Research, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Generous support for Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979-2000 comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts Council.
The Santa Monica Museum of Art is grateful to the following foundations and organizations for general operating and specific project support: the California Community Foundation; the City of Santa Monica Cultural/Arts Organizational Support Grant Program; the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the California Arts Council; the Getty Grant Program; the City of Santa Monica Community Arts Grants Program, a project of the Santa Monica Arts Commission; the Annenberg Foundation; and the Good Works Foundation. Thanks to the Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Image: Fred Wilson, Guarded View 1991
Mixed Media, Dimensions Variable
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Bergamot Station G1
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404