Marina Abramovic and Alanna Heiss
Here is New York, the European view, as Ingela Lind visits the newly expanded Museum of Modern Art and compares notes on the re-installation of its collections with artist Marina Abramovic and P.S.1's Alanna Heiss. The conversation, which includes the seductions of fundamentalism, is as provocative as you might expect, with the added bonus of real insight.
Marina Abramovic is well known for her spirited work in performance and video, and her focus on the physical and psychological limits that a human being can endure. A recent three-channel video work, "Talk to Me," was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Her video installation, "Balkan Baroque," won the International Award at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2002, she riveted New Yorkers with a twelve-day performance that restricted her to silence and a diet of water and allowed her almost no privacy but did not prevent her from communing with her audience in ways known best to the human spirit. She is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York.
Alanna Heiss is the founding director of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and director of WPS1.org. She is also the author of Dennis Oppenheim, Selected Works 1967-90: And the Mind Grew Fingers, and most recently published the comprehensive catalogue for "Katharina Sieverding:Close Up", the exhibition she organized for P.S.1, on view through January 23, 2005.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, the first comprehensive, historical exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art.
The exhibition, curated by Connie Butler, spans the period of 1965 to 1980 and includes 120 artists and artist groups from the United States, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. WACK! includes work by women who operated within the political structure of feminism as well as women who did not necessarily embrace feminism as part of their practice, but were impacted by the movement. Comprising work in a broad range of media - including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and performance art -, the exhibition is organized around themes based on media, geography, formal concerns, collective aesthetic, and political impulses.
This exhibition was displayed on the entire First and Second Floors and in the Third Floor Main Gallery of P.S.1 from February 17, 2008 through May 12, 2008.