The artist takes 'found-object' images from feature films and digitally re-works and re-joins them in a technique that might be called electronic painting. Each short hallucinogenic film involves thousands of individually rendered alterations and can take up to a year to complete. The exhibition includes a selection of the artist's short films, organized by associate curator Kelly Gordon.
Takeshi Murata (American, b. 1974) takes “found-object” images from feature films and digitally re-works and re-joins them in a technique that might be called electronic painting. Each short hallucinogenic film involves thousands of individually rendered alterations and can take up to a year to complete. The effect is like visual quicksand—as viewers sink in deeper and deeper, they cannot recall what visual shifts led from one to the next.
The exhibition will include a selection of the artist’s short films, including Monster Movie, 2005, featuring scenes the artist sampled from a video of the B-movie Caveman, 1981, and Pink Dot, 2006, one of the latest additions to the Hirshhorn’s collection.
The Black Box features recent film and video works by emerging and established international artists. This presentation is organized by Associate Curator Kelly Gordon.
Films run continuously during regular Museum hours.
Support for the Black Box program is provided by Lawrence A. Cohen/Ringler Associates.
The Hirshhorn’s recent acquisitions bring a large number of works by emerging artists as well as some of the most celebrated artists of our time into the collection. The additions range from a video work by Los Angeles-based artist Jill Miller, I Am Making Art Too, 2003, in which she inserts music and her own dancing image into an early video work by her teacher John Baldessari, to the bronze Bust of Diego, c. 1954?55, by Alberto Giacometti.
The Giacometti bust is the gift of Dawn Greene and will complement the important holdings of works by the artist in the collection. The Museum owns thirty-three other works by Giacometti, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures in various media. Presenting and preserving modern works in-depth is a key goal of the Hirshhorn, and this gift will enrich the collection for generations to come.
A highlight of the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Robert Lazzarini’s Payphone, 2002, is the partial and promised gift of Robert and Pamela Goergen. Lazzarini’s most ambitious work to date, the creation of this piece required the collaborative efforts of forty-five experts in various aspects of industrial fabrication.
Hirshhorn patrons Heather and Tony Podesta of Falls Church, Virginia, have given eleven works to the Museum. These include sculptures by Darren Almond, Saint Clair Cemin, Cathy de Monchaux, and Valeska Soares, as well as a photograph and drawings by Naomi Fisher.
The Hirshhorn has also acquired a work by Yoko Ono, Wish Tree for Washington, DC. Begun in 1996, the Wish Tree series cannot be fully realized without the participation of visitors, who are asked to write down their personal wishes and tie them to the trees. The Hirshhorn’s tree is a white Japanese flowering dogwood located in the Sculpture Garden. Wishes from this tree and others from around the world are sent to the artist, who will incorporate them into her Imagine Peace Tower, which will open in October 2007 in Iceland. This is the first work by Yoko Ono to enter the collection and is a gift of the artist.
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