Past Exhibitions

January 10 - March 30, 2010

Leopards in the Temple

Lothar Baumgarten, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Nina Canell, Latifa Echakhch, Aleana Egan, Patrick Hill, Nina Hoffmann, Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder (DAS INSTITUT), Lucas Knipscher, Kitty Kraus, Pedro Paiva, Lucy Skaer, Kathrin Sonntag

Foreground: Nina Canell, Flat Earth, 2009. Stepping stone, neon, cable, 1000V. Dimensions variable. Background: Lothar Baumgarten, Haida Metamorphosis, 1969 (exhibition print, 2009). C-Print. 25.5" x 29.5".


Silver and Salt
Monday, January 18, 2010, 7:30 PM

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue

Exploring the dissonance between object and image, Silver and Salt is a program of artists' films that avoid cinematic narrative. While narrative has become increasingly sophisticated and atomized within contemporary culture, this program presents alternative ways of relating to objects as images. From Nashashibi/Skaer's exploration of the Metropolitan Museum at night, Flash in the Metropolitan (2006), to the visual and linguistic interplay of John Smith's Associations (1975), this program highlights ruptures in the relationship between the filmed object and the image that it becomes. Marie Menken explores sculpture in four dimensions in Visual Variations on Noguchi (1945), Lois Rowe's Argument from Design (2006) constructs an absurdist monologue around a glass house, and Margaret Salmon's PS (2002) excavates the tensions of pastoral images and a sun-bleached suburbia.

Films selected by artist Lucy Skaer and curator Isla Leaver-Yap. A conversation with Skaer and Leaver-Yap follows the screening.


João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva
Monday, March 8, 2010, 7:30 PM

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue

Described as "poetic philosophical fiction", João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva's 16mm films explore and interpret the uncanny through acts of magnetism, transference, and material transformation. Influenced by alchemy, science fiction, ethnography, and speculative philosophy, their silent films question the boundaries of the perceivable world through short, enigmatic scenarios. Having represented Portugal at last year's Venice Biennial, Gusmão and Paiva (collaborators since 2001) will present a selection of their highly suggestive meditations on the paranormal, including recently completed 35mm works.

Part of the SculptureCenter exhibition Leopards in the Temple, the filmmakers will be on hand.