This exhibition considers the transformation of the art object from static image to light projection within two distinct artistic lineages: the unconventional optical techniques and social analyses of the 1920s Neue Optik, or "New Vision," generation of artists, among them László Moholy-Nagy, Hans Richter, and Marcel Duchamp; and the situational aesthetics advanced by Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson, and Anthony McCall in the 1970s. Drawing attention to the conditions and complexities of perception—both within the framework of institutional display and in other surroundings—these artists have redefined the social potential of visual agency.
Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, Department of Media, and Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography.
Proto-Cinema: Contemporary Art and the Geometry of Motion
From Warhol's conceptual use of filmmaking in Empire to Olafur Eliasson's incorporation of cinematic effects in his environments and installations, the mechanics of the projected and perceived image have played a significant role in the art of recent decades. This program explores how contemporary artists address the interstice between film and photography by deconstructing the mediums through various conceptual uses, and how such elements are incorporated into exhibitions. Participants include Kerry Brougher, Acting Director and Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; and Anthony McCall, artist. The program is moderated by Klaus Biesenbach and Roxana Marcoci, organizers of the exhibition.
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