"Exhibition as Image" is a group show that re-frames how art is seen by artists who have either documented exhibitions or who take the documentation of art as a basis for their own work, offering counterpoints to processes of standardization
Exhibition as Image focuses on the role exhibition documentation plays within artistic practice, exhibition making, and criticism and is curated by Saim Demircan, on view at 80 Washington Square East Gallery (80WSE) at New York University, on view until February 20, 2022.
With the advent of increased visibility online, the homogenization of documentation has typically flattened exhibitions into images. As such, this group re-frames how art is seen by artists who have either documented exhibitions or who take the documentation of art as a basis for their own work, offering counterpoints to processes of standardization.
These range from lens-based media wherein the recorder is an active component in the work, to, more recently, depictions of art’s image as most commonly seen through the screen rather than in physical space. Whilst some of the works in Exhibition as Image might formally exist in-between art and documentation, most take subjective and embodied approaches, or offer critical responses, to the re-representation of art in the documentary mode.
The group show features Lutz Bacher, Judith Barry, Contemporary Art Writing Daily, Jana Euler, Renée Green, Hans Haacke, Esteban Jefferson, Louise Lawler, Jeff Preiss (in collaboration with Andrea Fraser, Nicolás Guagnini, Josiah McElheny, Moyra Davey, Isaac Preiss & Barney Simon, and Anthony McCall), Carissa Rodriguez, and Gili Tal.
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A curator and writer, Demircan’s longstanding interest in exhibition documentation originally stemmed from self-directed research into a network of lesser-known artist-run spaces and collectives between Germany and the UK as part of a collaboration with the Academy of Fine Art in Munich while he was curator at Kunstverein München in Munich, Germany. During this time, he met artist Stephan Dillemuth who granted him access to his unique archive of video documentation of the exhibitions that he had filmed at Friesenwall 120, the artist-run space he co-ran in Cologne between 1991 and 1994.
Demircan organized the first public screening of this footage at the Kunstverein in 2015, which provoked an intense discussion on self-historization and agency over (art) history-making. Following this he published an interview with Dillemuth in frieze d/e in which they further discussed the artist’s use of handheld video to document walkthroughs of the exhibitions at Friesenwall 120.
Demircan subsequently curated a screening, Exhibition on Film at the Artists Moving Image Biennial at the ICA in London in 2016, as well as the exhibition ‘Exhibition as Image: Art Through the
Camera’s Eye’ at Ludlow 38 in NY in 2017. For the past several years he has taught and lectured on the subject under the title, ‘Exhibition as Image.’
A program of events will be held at:
Goethe-Institut New York
30 Irving Pl
New York, NY 10003
Friday, December 3, 7pm
“Pattern recognition in Contemporary Art”, a talk by Mahan Moalemi
About 80 Washington Square East (@80WSE):
Founded in 1974, NYU's 80 Washington Square East is a not-for-profit gallery presenting contemporary and historical exhibitions.
Recent shows include Louise Lawler, Lutz Bacher, Dora Budor, Harun Farocki, Nina Beier and John Miller, Diamond Stingily, Patricia L. Boyd, Peter Gidal, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Duane Linklater. The gallery exhibits in two further locations, at Broadway Windows (Broadway and East 10th Street), and Washington Square Windows (next to the gallery), both on view 24/7. 80 Washington Square East's regular hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, please visit https://80wse.org/