Aernout Mik. (Dutch, b. 1962). Installation view at MoMA. Vacuum Room. 2005. Six-channel video installation (color, silent), looped. Six rear-projection screens embedded in temporary architecture. Courtesy the artist, carlier | gebauer, Berlin and The Project, New York. © 2009 Aernout Mik. Photograph: © Jason Mandella

Aernout Mik

May 6–July 27, 2009 The Museum of Modern Art

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.

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