Recognized as one of the most important directors in film history, Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman presents her key films and major installations, spotlighting the crossover genres of film and visual art. For her first solo exhibition in an American museum, British artist Carey Young launches a series of "call center art works", which connect visitors with live telephone operators taking calls from a customer service center headquartered in Saint Louis. The cycle The Front Room presents the work of Olga Chernysheva, R.H. Quaytman, Josephine Pryde.
Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space
May 8 - August 2, 2009
Recognized as one of the most important directors in film history, Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman presents her key films and major installations, spotlighting the crossover genres of film and visual art. The five projects of this touring exhibition, including a newly commissioned film, span more than two decades of Akerman’s career, opening a window on to the shifting frames between fact and fiction. Exploring the politics of territorial borders, recent histories of racism, and the poetics of personal journeys, Akerman’s films touch on ideas about image, gaze, space, performance, and narration.
Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space is a collaborative effort of four institutions: Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston; the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Miami Art Museum (a MAC@MAM presentation); and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The exhibition and catalog have been generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). Additional support for the catalog has been provided by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation.
General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Carey Young: Speech Acts
May 8 - August 2, 2009
For her first solo exhibition in an American museum, British artist Carey Young launches a series of “call center art works,” which connect visitors with live telephone operators taking calls from a customer service center headquartered in Saint Louis. Exploring the links between art and globalized commerce as well as the legacies of Conceptual Art, Young challenges our assumptions about how we each interact within our social, cultural, commercial, and legal institutions. At the Contemporary, Young presents an innovative exhibition that contemplates the conditions of site-specificity, language, and our own capacity to communicate in the world.
Support for Carey Young: Speech Acts is generously provided by Charter Communications, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros, and Irene and Grier Merwin. Special thanks to Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
The Front Room
Olga Chernysheva & R.H. Quaytman & Josephine Pryde
(May 8 – 30)
New York based artist R.H. Quaytman considers her painting practice like a book, where paintings develop as chapters while retaining their autonomy as individual objects. In TheFront Room Quaytman presents a selection of the smallest versions of these paintings which she calls Captions. Operating somewhere between photographic record and painterly surface, her ambiguous images merge abstraction, history, and perception into a network of visual ciphers.
London and Berlin-based artist Josephine Pryde makes photographs and sculptures using techniques she invents, using a variety of sources. In The Front Room, Pryde presents new work created for a photography exhibition in New York earlier this year made of photographs wrapped around aluminum tubes.
In her series of black and white transparencies, From the Deputy, Moscow-based artist Olga Chernysheva captured a municipal public art project in Russia in various stages of decay, vandalism, and erasure—presenting tensions between social policy and artistic practice.
Image: Chantal Akerman. De l'autre côté (From the Other Side) [still], 2002. Video installation. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris.
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Friday May 8, 2009
6:00 pm, Member preview
7:00 pm, Public opening, Free admission
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