This exhibition presents a series of discrete installations by Aernout Mik (Dutch, b. 1962), placed in both non-gallery and gallery spaces throughout the Museum. Mik—whose work encompasses motion picture, sculpture, architecture, performance, and social commentary—interrogates the nature of reality and subverts the traditional relationship between viewer and viewed. The exhibition includes eight time-based works, including Mik's earliest 16mm film Fluff (1996), shown on television monitors in several locations. A newly commissioned two-screen work is projected in the corridor facing the second-floor Special Exhibition Galleries, where the six-screen Vacuum Room (2005) and the single-screen Training Ground (2006) are also on view. Raw Footage (2006), Mik's only piece edited from actual newsreel documents, hangs in the Theater 1 Gallery, while the widescreen Osmosis (2005) floats inside the Museum's main lobby near the Fifty-fourth Street entrance. The single-screen floor piece Middlemen (2001) greets visitors in the main lobby near the Fifty-third Street entrance.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.
The exhibition is made possible by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art and the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.
Additional support is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in honor of M. Joseph Lebworth and by The Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
Who's a Filmmaker? Cinema beyond the Darkened Room
This program examines the fluidity of boundaries in film. Art and film critics and museum curators address the idea of cinema in the art world, where attitudes toward the moving image seem to differ from those toward "movies." Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Associate Director for Programs, Whitney Museum of American Art, explores the problem of categorization as it relates to cinema in the galleries, or, where art meets the museum. Eleanor Heartney, contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, addresses how artists borrow and manipulate actual cinematic works for different ends and how they use and subvert cinematic techniques, and Amy Taubin, film critic, discusses the construction of the temporal and social experiences in both a traditional cinematic environment and in art installations. Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film, and organizer of the exhibition, moderates a conversation.
On the occasion of the MoMA exhibition Aernout Mik, the first U.S. museum survey of the artist's work, Modern Mondays presents a virtual tour of the eight works spread throughout the Museum. Mik designs, sculpts, and builds constructions that both contain his moving images and engage the body of the spectator, creating a kinesthetic relationship between viewer and viewed. These moving-image installations uniquely meld filmmaking, sculpture, and architecture into an experience that is at once compelling, unsettling, and original. Following a presentation by Laurence Kardish, organizer of the exhibition, Mik will participate in a conversation with MoMA Director Glenn Lowry.
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