May 11th, 2014
Artists: Ei Arakawa, Malin Arnell, Gregg Bordowitz, Ellen Cantor, Mv Carbon, Maria Chavez, Tony Conrad, Moyra Davey, Lucy Dodd, Mary Beth Edelson, Scott Ewalt, Loretta Fahrenholz, Lesley Flanigan, Brendan Fowler, K8 Hardy, Lonnie Holley, Karl Holmqvist, Juliana Huxtable, Marie Karlberg, Dawn Kasper, Andrei Koschmieder, Konrad Lueg, Alicia Mccarthy, Marisa Merz, Ulrike Müller, New Humans, Nnck, Senga Nengudi, Raha Raissnia, James Richards, Carissa Rodriguez, Zilia Sánchez, Colin Self, Alina Szapocznikow, Jason Simon, Barbara T. Smith, Emily Sundblad, Sergei Tcherepnin, Stefan Tcherepnin, Rosemarie Trockel, Danh Vo, Hannah Wilke, Amy Yao, Lionel Ziprin
Venue: White Columns, New York
Exhibition Title: Looking Back: The Eighth White Columns Annual
Date: January 16 – February 22, 2014
Full gallery of videos, images, press release and link available after the jump.
Malin Arnell, I am not quite sure. This is an arduous terrain, 2014. Slowdancing with two fans.
Colin Self, documentation of performance Vocal Exercises 1-6, 2014.
New Humans, documentation of performance How to Escape the Island, 2, 2014.
Mv Carbon, documentation of performance, 2014.
Video and images courtesy of White Columns, New York
“Looking Back” is the eighth installment of the White Columns Annual. The exhibition is now a fixture on White Columns’ calendar. Each year, an individual or a collaborative team (e.g. an artist, a curator, a writer, etc.) is invited to make an exhibition at White Columns based on their personal experience of looking at art in New York in the previous year. For the eighth ‘Annual’ exhibition, White Columns has invited the New York-based independent curator Pati Hertling to make the selection.
In a very straightforward sense, the ‘Annual’ exhibition hopes to reveal something of the complexities involved in trying to negotiate – and engage with – NewYork’s constantly shifting cultural landscape. The format of the exhibition inevitably encourages highly subjective and deeply personal responses to the realities of viewing art in New York. The ‘Annual’ exhibition series hopes to illuminate aspects of the specific, yet highly idiosyncratic routes –geographical, intellectual, historical, social, etc. – that individuals follow in an increasingly expansive and fragmented cultural environment.
Through the re-contextualization of artworks encountered in other circumstances and contexts, the exhibition hopes to establish – albeit temporarily – a new ‘narrative’, a conversation, of sorts, amongst artists and artworks, that seeks to illuminate and/or explore certain underlying tendencies, conditions, or connections that perhaps might otherwise have remained elusive or obscured. In re-thinking the (fairly) recent past the exhibition hopes to provoke something akin to a sense of deja-vu, establishing a scenario that is at once both reflective and forward thinking.
There are no restrictions as to what type of work can be included. “Looking Back” seeks to eliminate any categorical or hierarchical distinctions we might place upon artworks (e.g. based upon the circumstances in which they were originally seen, or the seniority of an individual artist, etc.) These works might have been originally encountered in exhibitions at institutions, galleries, and not-for-profit spaces, at performances and readings, or during visits to artists’ studios and collector’s homes, etc.
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