Douglas Gordon (Scottish, b. 1966) visualizes, pictures, and "sculpts" time in many of his works. In 1993, Gordon presented a version of Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho, projected onto a translucent screen and slowed down to a duration of twenty-four hours. Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho, which is included in this exhibition, marked the beginning of the artist's ongoing method of altering, monumentalizing, and alienating viewers' common understandings of the moving picture. Douglas Gordon: Timeline focuses on the film-related work of his oeuvre and his direct references to Andy Warhol, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, and other cornerstones of film history. The exhibition ranges from a large-scale projection of an elephant in Play Dead (2003) and direct references to Andy Warhol's Sleep (1963) in Film Noir (Perspire) (1995) to the phenomenon of superimposed visuals in Between Darkness and Light (After William Blake) (1997).
Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Curator, Department of Film and Media, The Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is supported in part by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley.
The accompanying publication is made possible by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
PopRally Presents: A Unique Evening with Douglas Gordon featuring Chicks On Speed
8:00 p.m. Cocktails and private viewing of Douglas Gordon: Timeline 9:15 p.m. Musical performance by Chicks On Speed, in collaboration with Douglas Gordon and other surprise guests
Party until 10:30 p.m. in MoMA's Gund Lobby.
Douglas Gordon: Timeline
Scottish artist Douglas Gordon addresses the familiarity and popularity of moving pictures by manipulating, reframing, and superimposing them to alter viewers' perceptions. This retrospective of Gordon's work presents thirteen significant works by the artist, including 24 Hour Psycho (1993), Between Darkness and Light (After William Blake) (1997), and Play Dead; Real Time (2003). By forcing new encounters with the familiar and confrontations with the willfully forgotten, Gordon exposes the distance between our dimmed, distorted memories and, perhaps, the truth–emphatically demonstrating that what he sculpts is not only media but time itself.
Chicks On Speed formed in 1997 after the members met at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. The group, Alex Murray Leslie (Sydney), Melissa Logan (New York), and Kiki Moorse (Munich), started as an art project that has gradually merged with the medium of music.
Chicks On Speed urge you to come overdressed to this "living sculpture," where they will perform their new Eurotrash hit single "Art Rules" for the very first time.
PopRally would like to thank The Tribeca Grand Hotel for their generous support of this event.
Douglas Gordon. Play Dead; Real Time. 2003. Still from video installation with two screens, monitor, and color video, 21 min. loop and 11 min. loop, dimensions variable. The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Richard J. Massey. Image courtesy of Douglas Gordon
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