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Exhibition Detail
Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019


June 11th - September 28th
Opening: 
June 11th 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
 
Sense and Sense. A project with MPA, Emily RoysdonEmily Roysdon,
Sense and Sense. A project with MPA,
2010, Two-channel video (color, silent), 15:25 min
© Courtesy of the artist & MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
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The title of this exhibition is adapted from the phrase “the sight of a reason,” a line in Gertrude Stein’s groundbreaking prose work Tender Buttons (1914). In her collection of “portraits” of everyday phenomena, Stein employed experimental syntax to free language from established usage and to “create a word relationship between the word and the things seen.” Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions begins with a 2012 work by the Los Angeles–based artist Eve Fowler (American, b. 1964), originally intended for public display—for instance, stapled to telephone poles or fences. Stein’s probing of the correlation between language and the physical world—and Fowler’s act of recontextualization—exemplify a set of concerns shared by the works presented here.

The exhibition brings together recently acquired contemporary works by two generations of contemporary artists, including Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra with Nancy Holt, Allen Ruppersberg, Seth Price, Simryn Gill, Liz Deschenes, Charles Gaines, Emily Roysdon, Matt Mullican, Hanne Darboven, and Peter Downsbrough. These works engage subtle visual vocabularies to consider image, text, gesture, voice—and hybrids of these—as sites of exchange between aesthetic, ideological, and social systems. As processes of visual and narrative reading coalesce, questions emerge about the assumed role of the artist as singular author and how the migration of information across a range of forms multiplies, or dissolves, its meaning.


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