After spending the fall in San Francisco, Nairy Baghramian organizes Off Broadway.
Featuring works by Katarina Burin, Michaela Eichwald, Vincent Fecteau/Diane Simpson, Frieda Grafe, Margaret Harrison, Heinz-Peter Knes, Janette Laverrière, Adam Linder, Shahryar Nashat, Paulina Olowska, Provence, Danh Vo, among others.
The exhibition takes its title from Jacques Demy’s not entirely successful first US feature produced just after his cult musical film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort. In several scenes of Les Demoiselles, Demy uses artworks as props to help build his characters and their relationships to the world. Here the objects are not independent works of art but rather perform cameos or bit-parts including a portrait of an *ideal woman.* The starting point for the project is to pose two questions. One is to examine how the perception of a critical failure or a lack of success—or the identification of problems—can actually ignite closer interest. The second begins with the observation that contemporary visual art routinely leverages other disciplines such as literature, dance, film, magazines, fashion, interior design, architecture to add value and extend the notion of art. But what if this cultural relation is reciprocal: what is the status and efficacy of art moving in the other direction, or playing a supporting role such as in Les Demoiselles? What if an exhibition embraces the notion of art performing a supporting role? (Nairy Baghramian)
The exhibition opens on January 21, 2015.
This residency and exhibition are made possible by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, with special thanks to Galerie Daniel Buchholz.