An Exhibition That Might Exist

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An Exhibition That Might Exist, 2014 Installation Dimensions Variable © Bean Gilsdorf
An Exhibition That Might Exist, 2014 Installation Dimensions Variable © Bean Gilsdorf
An Exhibition That Might Exist
Curated by: Mack McFarland

1241 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209
January 21st, 2014 - February 28th, 2014

United States
10 am - 6 pm
Oregon, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, USA
installation, conceptual


The Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents a solo exhibition of work by Bean Gilsdorf entitled, An Exhibition That Might Existfrom January 21 through February 28, 2014.

Gilsdorf makes works including sculpture, performance, and writing. The conceptual point of departure for this exhibition is Gilsdorf’s experience as an art critic. Each day of the exhibition Gilsdorf will place a three-page review for an imagined exhibition—a different imagined exhibition each day—in a vitrine on the front of a two-sided reading desk. The previous day’s review will be moved to the back of the table. The spent reviews will accumulate over the course of the exhibition, and on the final day of the show, the main review will assess the exhibition of the title—which is to say, it will review itself.

By presenting these speculative productions as a fait accompli, Gilsdorf examines the potency and vulnerability of assessing objects that exist in the ideational stage, as well as the role of the viewer as a co-author of the work. She addresses subjects such as subjectivity, viewership, criticism as historiography, and the threshold at which text becomes object. Gilsdorf’s recent projects, including the Bean Gilsdorf Living History Museum, resist the security of a single, finite reality, and instead suggest parallel, alternative propositions that alter the way we perceive the past and present. An Exhibition That Might Exist offers an opportunity to consider art criticism and artmaking as a unified field of inquiry.

An Exhibition That Might Exist is curated by Mack McFarland. McFarland has served as curator for the Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at the Pacific Northwest College of Art since 2006, and has organized or curated over 30 exhibitions, with a focus on artists whose practices involve social or politically engaged themes, including Joe Sacco, Sue Coe, Sandow Birk, and Regina Silveira.