100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009) 1969 Between Spaces Christian Marclay: 2822 Records (PS1), 1987-2009 Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter Chitra Ganesh Robert Bergman: Selected Portraits
100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009) On view November 1, 2009 - April 5, 2010
This exhibition will gather important happenings, actions, moments, and gestures to outline a history of performance art that is still largely unknown. Organized by P.S.1 and Performa, a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization committed to presenting and researching performance art, 100 Years will then travel to other venues, with content varying and developing over time. For each version, works can be added to or detracted from, or include a greater local emphasis, depending on where the exhibition takes place.
This collaborative exhibition is a product of discussions between both institutions and is presented on the occasion of Performa 09, the third visual art performance biennial happening November 1-22, 2009. Performa 09 is inspired by the 100 years that have passed since The Futurist Manifesto was published in 1909. Last February, Performa hosted a Futurist banquet to acknowledge this momentous anniversary.
1969 On view October 25, 2009 - April 5, 2010
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents 1969, a large scale exhibition occupying the entire second floor with works drawn from every department of The Museum of Modern Art. Exploring a cross section of art made during a period marked with revolution and socio-political tumult, this exhibition also will embrace five interventions by a current generation of artists whose work reflects the concerns of 1969 and brings the exhibition into the present. These younger artists will be given free reign to respond to the works on view and to the time period in general.
1969 is organized by a team of curators representing both institutions and includes MoMA's archivist. One of the questions that shaped this exhibition early on was whether the customary curatorial approach of P.S.1, with its fast-paced process and focus on living artists as well as the rustic architecture of the former schoolhouse, would offer a different visual setting for work ordinarily seen in the minimal white galleries of MoMA. This exhibition includes examples of painting, sculpture, photography, print, illustrated books, design, drawing, media, and film as well as a wealth of documents drawn from MoMA's archives.
Diverse artistic practices, concerns, and themes are presented ranging from the minimalist sculpture of Sol LeWitt and Carl Andre, abstract painting and drawing of Helen Frankenthaler and Gego, to films by Walter de Maria and Michael Snow, and politically charged works of the Art Workers Coalition and Martha Rosler. By exploring a single year, this exhibition is not an attempt to recount the events of 1969, but rather, to present a variety of works made in a single year, each one with its own narrative and point of view. Clearly, the exhibition also outlines MoMA's own collecting history; as such, it is part of a cross-departmental curatorial examination of MoMA's collection with an eye to expanding the range of its holdings from a period when art was being redefined.
Artists include: Vito Acconci; Robert Adams; Ryoji Akiyama; Carl Andre; Keith Arnatt; Richard Artschwager; Richard Avedon; Lewis Baltz; Robert Barry; Larry Bell; Mel Bochner; Marcel Broodthaers; Scott Burton; James Lee Byars; John Cage; Vija Celmins; Ron Davis; Walter De Maria; Agnes Denes; Jan Dibbets; Fluxus; Helen Frankenthaler; Lee Friedlander; Gego; Guerrilla Art Action Group; Philip Guston; R. L. Haeberle, Art Workers Coalition and Peter Brandt; Richard Hamilton; Strike Poster Workshop, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Douglas Huebler, Robert Irwin; Jasper Johns; Ray Johnson; Donald Judd; Stephen Kaltenbach; Craig Kauffman; Joseph Kosuth; Standish Lawder; Sol LeWitt; Lee Lozano; George Maciunas; John McCracken; Lutz Mommartz; NASA; Bruce Nauman; Claes Oldenburg; Dennis Oppenheim; Nam June Paik; Richard Pettibone; Adrian Piper; Arnulf Rainer; Ely Raman; Robert Rauschenberg; Gerhard Richter; Martha Rosler; Dieter Roth; Edward Rusha; Rudolf Schwarzkogler; Seth Seigelaub; Richard Serra; Joel Shapiro; Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt; Michael Snow; Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, David Novros, Forrest Myers, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Chamberlain; Lawrence Weiner; John Wesley; Christopher Wilmarth; and Garry Winogrand.
Between Spaces On view October 25, 2009 - April 5, 2010
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is proud to present Between Spaces, a group exhibition organized by P.S.1's junior curatorial staff. The exhibition brings together eleven emerging and established artists who remove familiar objects from their traditional functions, creating work that suggests new contexts and possibilities. On view in the First Floor Main Gallery from October 25, 2009, through April 5, 2010.
Adopting the role of alchemist, the artists in Between Spaces reform and shift the aesthetic and cultural connotations of their materials. Notions of presence and absence are highlighted, evoking the space in between.
In recasting the functionality of standard materials, including light, the works in Between Spaces challenge the viewer's perception of domestic material conventions. In his series Blinds, Martin Soto Climent explores the physical limits of Venetian blinds as he twists and transforms them into a draped installation that cascades from the wall. Artist Alex Da Corte uses homemade multicolored soda as the sole medium in his large site-specific floor installation. The soda is poured into molds and then hardens into an abstract composition of juxtaposed primary shapes.
Artists: David Altmejd, Alex Da Corte, Robert de Saint Phalle, Cheryl Donegan, Zak Kitnick, Sam Moyer, Heather Rowe, Melanie Schiff, Martin Soto Climent, Marc Swanson, and Penelope Umbrico Organized by Tim Goossens and Kate McNamara, P.S.1 Curatorial Assistants.
Christian Marclay: 2822 Records (PS1), 1987-2009 On view September 5, 2009 - April 5, 2010
This fall P.S.1 presents 2822 Records (PS1), 1987-2009, a site-specific floor-based installation of vinyl records by Christian Marclay. Consisting entirely of 12-inch records of every musical genre and style, Marclay’s installation highlights the experiential qualities of music and vinyl recording by inviting visitors to walk on the artwork. Marclay’s installation highlights some of the most primal notions around music, namely volume, space, and physicality. As an example of viewer and audience participation, it highlights a seminal aspect of the upcoming exhibition 100 Years (version #1, ps1, nov 2009), drafting a short history of actions, events, situations, happenings, and performances beginning with the Futurist Manifesto in 1909 until the present. Opening November 1.
Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool On view October 19, 2008 - March 1, 2010 Long-term Installation
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool, an extraordinary and visually confounding installation by the Argentine artist Leandro Erlich. Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool will be on view in P.S.1’s unique, double-height Duplex gallery from October 19, 2008 through March 1, 2009.
Erlich has constructed a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder. When approached from the first floor, visitors are confronted with a surreal scene: people, fully clothed, can be seen standing, walking, and breathing beneath the surface of the water. It is only when visitors enter the Duplex gallery from the basement that they recognize that the pool is empty, its construction a visual trick fashioned by the artist. A large, continuous piece of acrylic spans the pool and suspends water above it, creating the illusion of a standard swimming pool that is both disorienting and humorous.
Leandro Erlich (b. 1973, Buenos Aires) has been exhibiting his work internationally for over ten years. He has had solo shows at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona (2003); MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (2006), and Le Grand Café, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Saint-Nazaire (2005). He represented Argentina at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001), where he showed Swimming Pool, and was also featured in the Singapore Biennale (2008), the Liverpool Biennial (2008), 7th Havana Biennale (2001), the 7th Istanbul Biennial (2001), the 3rd Shanghai Biennale (2002), the 1st Busan Biennale (2002), and the 26th Bienal de São Paulo (2004). His work will be shown in the upcoming Prospect.1 New Orleans Biennial in 2008. He lives and works in Buenos Aires. Organized by P.S.1 Director Alanna Heiss.
Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter On view October 8, 2009 - January 4, 2010
Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter paints a picture of Printed Matter, the artists' bookstore, through a history of its publishing activity from 1976 to the present. On view in the Third Floor Archive Galleries.
The exhibition radically questions the notion of art as an elitist structure, and proposes an art conceived along democratic ideals, a low-cost art that travels out into the world through the distribution systems usually reserved for books and periodicals, or popular music. Featuring more than 100 international artists, Learn to Read Art explores the artists' desire to create with the idea that art is both intimate, and for everyone.
Printed Matter's emphasis has always been on books; however, artists have moved in many directions, experimenting with everything from periodicals and vinyl records to posters and postcards. The exhibition also includes more expectable editions, such as photographs-which, if we think about it, were originally intended to be low-cost reproducible media. And then there are somewhat less expectable formats, such as the skateboards by Liam Gillick, Ari Marcopoulos and Mark Gonzales.
On-site 2: Chitra Ganesh On view October 1, 2009 - April 5, 2010
P.S.1 presents a large-scale wall installation by the artist Chitra Ganesh, for the second installment of the new series "On-site" which continues P.S.1's long standing tradition of commissioning site-specific, wall based projects. Ganesh's new wall piece, The Silhouette Returns (2009), is on view in the P.S.1 lobby from October 1, 2009 through April 5, 2010.
Chitra Ganesh creates wall installations, paintings, drawings, photographs, and animations that make use of an expansive visual vocabulary that ranges from Bollywood films, comics and graphic novels, to iconic feminist imagery. For P.S.1's lobby, she presents The Silhouette Returns (2009) which features elements in Sumi and India inks, cut paper, washes of color, and found objects like sequins, plastic fruits, and fake hair. For this installation - her brightest wall piece to date - the artist draws from the aesthetics of glam rock and the kitsch of The Rocky Horror Picture Show which is evident in the use of glitter and the vivid orange and yellow hues. The piece draws inspiration from the character, The Silhouette, in Alan Moore and David Gibbons' 1980s graphic novel Watchmen. As one of the original superheroes in the comic book series, The Silhouette is discriminated against and ultimately murdered for coming out as a lesbian.
Chitra Ganesh (b. 1975 Brooklyn, New York) currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Ganesh's work has been exhibited widely at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Asia Society, Bronx Museum of Art, Exit Art, White Columns, Momenta Art, and Apex Art in New York. International venues include the Gawngju Art Museum, Korea; Fondazione Sandretto, Italy; Nature Morte, New Dehli; Montehermoso Center, Spain; ZKM, Germany; and the Royal College of Art, London.
Robert Bergman: Selected Portraits On view October 15, 2009 - January 4, 2010
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is pleased to announce Robert Bergman: Selected Portraits, an exhibition of twenty-four large-scale color portraits of everyday people the artist photographed on the streets of various American cities from 1985 to 1997. The exhibition will be on view in the first floor Drawing and Painting Galleries.
Using a handheld 35mm camera and precisely integrated natural lighting, Bergman explores both the poignant expressions of each individual and the formal structures of their surroundings. As art historian Meyer Schapiro wrote, "Certain photographers-Robert Frank, as well as Robert Bergman, come to mind-discover, like the poets, otherwise ignored qualities of the person and environment, hidden moments of feeling, and present them to our entranced scrutiny-for our meditation."
Robert Bergman (b. 1944, New Orleans) now divides his time between Minnesota and New York City. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by David Levi Strauss.